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Second attempt for old St Albans Town Hall Lottery Fund bid
St Albans District Council has submitted a new Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to transform the old Town Hall into a museum and gallery.
This comes after the council’s initial £3 million bid missed out on Heritage Lottery funding as the bidding round was oversubscribed in March.
The council expects to learn the outcome of the new bid in November 2013.
The project involves moving the Museum of St Albans from Hatfield Road into the grade II* listed town hall located alongside Market Place.
Councillor Mike Wakely, portfolio holder for sports, leisure and heritage at the council said: "We received positive feedback from the Heritage Lottery Fund after missing out on funding in March.
"Taking this on board, we worked with St Albans Cathedral and the Roman Theatre and other stakeholders to develop a clear 25-year vision for St Albans’ heritage.
"It is a much more powerful submission as our project fits well into the Heritage Lottery Fund’s new ‘output driven’ bid format."
The council will be contributing financial support for the new museum and gallery project.
However, there is a need for additional funds to be provided from other external sources. Therefore the council is currently working with St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust on plans to raise these extra funds.
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