Rice future for Wombwell Town Hall!

CHINESE AND PUB? Wombwell Town Hall.
CHINESE AND PUB? Wombwell Town Hall.

WOMBWELL’s imposing former Town Hall is set to become a Chinese restaurant and pub!

Barnsley planners are to consider an application to turn the four-storey historic building in to a Chinese buffet-type eatery.

And it could even have its own take-away shop, plus a garage, within an old annexe that once housed a toilet block.

Hotel Company Reflexshift Ltd, that was associated with Churchills’ Hotel at Wombwell, is behind the ambitious plans, that include seven luxury apartments on the upper floors.

These will have their own entrance from Station Road.

The bar and restaurant will spread across the ground floor and down to the lower level.

Architect Andrew Bailey said: “The flats will be about 40 square metres each and one or two bedroomed with high specs.

“They will be developed sympathetically to the building, which will keep all its existing special features.”

One of the former Town Hall’s special features is a Grade ll listed Boer War Memorial, with stone soldier figures etched on to the fabric of a corner of the building, which must not be altered or removed. Barnsley Council, however, did retain the right to re-site the memorial elsewhere in the future if they wish, after the bulding was sold at auction in February of this year.

The property also still boasts the Town Hall clock and has a flight of steps leading up to its side entrance off Station Road.

It housed Wombwell Urban Council until its abolition in 1974, then continued in use for council meetings, public assistance and to house office workers, who have now moved to Wombwell library.

The building has its own large car park.