Shire Hall Lottery Bid 'Almost Ready'
8:19am 3rd August 2014
The finishing touches are being put to a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to turn Dorchester's Shire Hall into a leading tourist attraction.
The home of the Courts which sentenced the Tolpuddle Martyrs and where Thomas Hardy sat as a magistrate will go on public view if West Dorset can convince lottery bosses to match fund the £ 1.1 million they're prepared to put into the scheme out of a project expected to cost nearly 3 million.
They've already received some lottery money from stage 1 of the application process for development.
Council leader Robert Gould is expecting approval and if so, work could start almost immediately with a projected opening in the summer of 2017.