About the project
Dursley Town Trust is a charity run by a group of volunteers whose duty is to preserve three landmark buildings in Dursley – the Market House (comprising the Town Hall standing on pillars above the Market Place in classic Cotswold style, built in 1738), Jacob’s House (1751) and the modern Heritage Centre. All Trust income from donations and rents from users of the spaces goes to maintaining the fabric of these important heritage assets. The upstairs room of the Town Hall is used for community assembly, political meetings, social gatherings, toddler groups, dance classes, music workshops and recitals, history society meetings, health therapy sessions, dinners and Trust meetings. The demographic of Dursley, Cam, Coaley and Uley means that a significant proportion of the populace does not have easy access to this room via the worn stone steps that date from the 19th century. A lift is essential to provide such access; the design also includes a glass vestibule in the Market Place and a WC for disabled users. As well as confirming the role of the Town Hall as a centre of community activity with greater inclusion of local people, the increased footfall will provide rental income so the Trust can afford the repairs and preservation of the buildings for the enjoyment of future generations. The cost of the project will be £146,949, of which £15,050 has been obtained or pledged unconditionally and £47,250 has been pledged conditional upon obtaining the bulk of finance elsewhere. We are now seeking the balance of £84,649 and are asking for £25,000 via crowdfunding.