Time to speak on Wymering Manor’s future

UNCERTAIN FUTURE Wymering Manor
UNCERTAIN FUTURE Wymering Manor
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PEOPLE are being given the chance to speak out on plans for the future of Portsmouth’s oldest house.

Campaigners keen to preserve Wymering Manor in Old Wymering Lane, Portsmouth, are holding a consultation on potential uses for the Tudor landmark.

Four options up for discussion include converting the manor for residential use such as a bed and breakfast, boutique hotel, hostel or serviced apartments or for community use such as a cafe, library, nursery or pre-school.

The other options are for an education and training centre or for business use.

Now campaigners want to hear the public’s views.

Celia Clark is chairwoman of Wymering Manor Steering Group. She said: ‘We want local people and people from the wider area to come and tell us what kind of future they see for Wymering Manor. Clearly leaving it empty, as it has been for most of the last six years, isn’t on.

‘Wymering Manor is on two buildings at risk registers – English Heritage and Save Britain’s Heritage. There is an urgent need to do something about it and we want to bring the local community with us.’

In December Portsmouth City Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said that if a new body could be formed in six months to take the manor on with viable new uses set out in a business plan, a long lease would be offered – for free.

The manor was built in 1581 but has stood empty since 2006 when the Youth Hostels Association moved out.

Despite being repeatedly offered for sale by the council it has failed to reach the minimum price.

Visit St Peter and St Paul Church Hall in Old Wymering Lane, Cosham, from 10am to 3pm tomorrow.