Porthleven Town Council wants to hear your views on how the Bickford Smith Institute should be used.
Porthleven Town Council is seeking views from the community on the future use of the Bickford Smith Institute. Currently, the town council use the former institute cottage as their administration office and meeting place, with the main hall being used as the snooker club.
This is a public building and the town council therefore believe this building should be accessible and used by the whole community in a variety of uses.
Furthermore, the building itself needs a lot of work to its structure. The building is getting old and has faced the full force of the elements for over 134 years. This has taken its toll on the building and the material state of the building needs to be addressed sooner than later.
The work required is not going to be cheap, and will need help from grants. To have a chance of being awarded a grant, the building will have to have a wider community use.
An open day has been organised for the 26th March from 10am to 4pm for anyone to see inside the building. There will also be a questionannaire seeking views on the future use. This questionannaire will also be available online. It is also planned to make the questionnaire available in the supermarket and Post Office. It is very important people give their views.
To quash any rumours, the snooker club has been told they could be part of the future use, but not sole use. The town council has met with representatives of the snooker club to explain the situation, including the work required to the whole building.
This building is the most iconic building in Porthleven, and the town council wants to make sure this building stands proud for years to come.