Fylde MP urges Lytham Hall bosses to find solution after lottery funds pulled

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged trustees to work with lottery bosses after Lytham Hall lost a £1.7m grant to restore the Grade I listed Georgian mansion.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) decided to withdraw the money after identifying issues which could jeopardise the scheme.

And despite Mr Menzies securing the hall’s owners – Lytham Town Trust – more time to come up with an alternative plan, the HLF has now announced it cannot move forward with the project.

The Member of Parliament said: “After being told that Lytham Hall’s lottery funding was in jeopardy I met with the trustees to see what I could do to help.

“Following that meeting, I made an urgent call to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to arrange more time for the Lytham Town Trust to try to work through some of the issues which had been raised.

“However, I received notification last week that the HLF Board of Trustees had rejected an alternative plan for a reduced scheme, while accepting that positive steps had been made to resolve some of the problems.

“Obviously I supported the original successful bid for grant funding so I am extremely disappointed this has happened and want the trust to take up the offer from the HLF to meet with them to discuss their options going forward.

“Lytham Hall is an important part of our heritage and it is vital it receives the support necessary for it to once again become the jewel in Fylde’s crown.”

 

PICTURE: Mr Menzies on previous visit to Lytham Hall to see restoration works

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