Saturday, 4 October 2008

£165,000 Investment for Orangery


Teignmouth’s famous Orangery is in line for a £165,000 ‘makeover’ to restore it to its former glory, if plans are approved on Monday (October 6) byTeignbridge councillors.

Teignmouth councillors David Cox and Alex Cross represent the ward which includes the Orangery, have welcomed the plan to renovated the listed structure and said it would add to the overall regeneration of the town and was also an opportunity to boost visitor numbers.

Cllr Cox said:” This is great news for the Orangery, it is a shame grants have not been forthcoming from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but Teignbridge has legal duty it can't dodge and will renovate this historic building.”

Cllr Cross added “ I very pleased, along with David Cox, I’ve been working on finding funding for the Orangery, so I’m really pleased Teignbridge will be restoring the Orangery to it’s former glory.”

The Orangery is a grade 2 listed structure and needs major refurbishment. It is next to Bitton House, now used by Teignmouth Town Council and was once the home of Admiral Pellew. He succeeded Nelson as Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean and was created Viscount Exmouth.

The Orangery is in use and the local Friends of the Orangery maintain the plants and open the facility for visitors several times a week.

The last partial refurbishment was undertaken in 1985. However, since then, the building’s condition has deteriorated and it has also fallen victim to vandal attacks, says the report to be considered by councillors at Teignbridge, which owns the Orangery.

Councillors will hear that around £130,000 is needed for renovation work while a further £35,000 is essential in order to repair the structure of the Orangery, which has recently had a full inspection by the authority’s own engineers.

Once renovated, if councillors agree, the Orangery will be offered to Teignmouth Town Council or another suitable conservation or heritage group. As a last resort, says the report, it could be sold.

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