Oundle Council to take over running of former workhouse

Northamptonshire County Council (pictured) will hand over the running of Fletton House to Oundle Town Counci
Northamptonshire County Council (pictured) will hand over the running of Fletton House to Oundle Town Counci
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A historic former workhouse will be preserved for community use, councillors have insisted.

Responsibility for running Fletton House in Oundle is to be handed over to the town council, with the county council’s cabinet agreeing last week to offload the asset for a nominal fee.

The building is currently home to the Oundle Community Pre-School, and the town council wants to preserve its use as a community hub.

County council finance boss Bill Parker said the town council had demonstrated it was able to take over the running of the house.

Labour’s Cllr Julie Brookfield said Oundle Town Council may be forced to raise its precept, adding: “A town council or a parish council can only raise money through raising precepts or by earning a little bit of income.

“It does not receive any business rates and it doesn’t receive any Government settlement either, so the costs of this project will fall upon the taxpayer in its entirety.”

But cabinet member and Oundle councillor Heather Smith said: “The town council are happy that they can raise the money without it falling on the Oundle taxpayer.”

“The people of Oundle said they want it as a community facility,” she added.

“I think it is in the interests of the people of Oundle that they have this community facility.”