Harrow Council’s cabinet is set to approve a restoration plan for Headstone Manor.
The Cabinet is set to give its backing to an application for Heritage Lottery Funding, the first step in a proposal to transform the site into a strategic heritage centre for the borough.
A successful application for a round 1 grant would allow the development of plans to upgrade and restorate the Manor and other buildings – providing local residents and visitors with a high quality community museum, heritage and community venue.
It is proposed that a funding application will be made which could result in almost £2million – The Council will match part of the project funding with its own capital monies.
Highlights of the restoration plans include providing a new home for Harrow Museum at Headstone Manor, together with additional visitor facilities and community space.
Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services, Cllr David Perry said: “These are ambitions and important plans for what is an historic site in Harrow. Headstone Manor is of regional and indeed national significance and despite the on-going financial pressures we are under, we need to find a way to fully restore this local treasure.
“We have looked at all options and believe that by applying for outside funding support, Harrow Council has the chance to develop and restore this exciting facility for generations to come.
“We are a culturally rich borough and are lucky to live in an area of natural beauty and history, our residents want us to safeguard and protect these amenities, something we are committed to doing.”
Headstone Manor in particular is currently in a poor physical state and requires major refurbishment before it can be fully opened to the public. All of the buildings on site are listed by English Heritage and the site as a whole is a scheduled Ancient Monument.
Harrow Council approved funding of £300,000 to make repairs to the roof at the Manor in March this year and a further £250,000 has been earmarked in the 2012/2013 capital budget for works to Harrow Museum Buildings.