September 6th, 2016

Mason’s Court sale row rumbles on

Mason’s Court sale row rumbles on Mason’s Court sale row rumbles on
Updated: 8:29 am, May 23, 2016

THE STRATFORD Society say it did not have the chance to discuss the controversial sale of Mason’s Court.

Stratford Town Trust chairman Alan Haigh said the trust – as owners of the historic 15th century Rother Street building – had “consulted with the Stratford Society and received their support for our decision” following the £520,000 sale to an unnamed bidder at auction.

But this week the society said it had not has the opportunity to discuss the sale with the town trust.

A spokesman said: “Our vice-chairman has made number of attempts to secure a meeting with The Stratford Town Trust with the intention to discuss the proposed sale.

“We asked for the postponement of this sale, until all other possible avenues have been fully explored including involving the Stratford Historic Buildings Trust which has secured funding for the Clopton Bridge Toll House.

“The Stratford Society was willing to offer their expertise and was open to working with the Town Trust.”

The trust said it had spoken to the society’s chairman.

Mr Haigh said: “I spoke to Kevin Bond, Chairman of the Stratford Society, prior to the Town Trust putting Mason’s Court up for sale.

“This was in January. His view was that the town trust’s resources were limited and that selling the building would not see its unique historical character lost; preserving this character would simply be the obligation of a new owner.

“The trust also approached heritage organisations, but none were interested in purchasing Mason’s Court.”

The trust say it decided to sell the Grade II listed building to safeguard its future as it required repairs and restoration in the region of £1million.

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