Issued: January 18, 2016
â€‹Ongar Town Council seeks views sought over cemetery chapel
Suggestions for possible future uses for the Ongar Cemetery chapel are being sought by Ongar Town Council.
The council is to undertake a two-month period of consultation inviting people and local organisations to come up with ideas for the building which is in urgent need of repair.
The council has obtained three estimates for priority work, all of which are far higher than the figure of Â£2,000 to Â£3,000 estimated by council vice-chairman John Reynolds, town clerk Aimi Middlehurst told last Thursday's finance committee meeting.
Councillor Derek Birch. speaking at the meeting, said: "If a group comes back and is prepared to work with the council then we explore that avenue."
Some years ago the council held discussions with the town's history society about whether the chapel could be used as a museum and had assurance from English Heritage that funding could be made available provided the building had a purpose.
However the history society later decided that the building was too small and in the wrong place for such a use.
The issue will also be raised at the annual town meeting.