HEREFORD Town Hall could be sold as part of Herefordshire Council’s efforts to make savings of more than £11 million.

It is considering selling the historic building, which is facing a huge repair backlog.

The registry office and city council are based there. Hereford Coroners Court also holds inquests at the St Owen’s Street building.


Herefordshire Council said the town hall could be sold to Hereford City Council, with the issue set to be discussed at a meeting on August 6. Councillor Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, said that in setting this year’s budget, it was vital £11.2 million in savings was identified, including new approaches to managing council assets.

“We are in discussions with Hereford City Council around the transfer of Hereford Town Hall to their ownership,” she said.

“The possibility of a community asset transfer has been explored, however, a receiving organisation has not been found to date, so the council is now also considering other options.

“We appreciate how much local people and visitors love the town hall. It is a beautiful, historic building, and we have not taken this decision lightly.

“Our priority will always be to deliver the most effective management of the council’s finances and services, and achieving the best possible outcomes for Herefordshire.”


Green Party councillor for the central ward Jeremy Milln said the town hall was facing a maintenance backlog.

He felt selling it off so soon could be premature, and he urged the cabinet to fully explore all options before making any decision.