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Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, saw the potential to return the building to its original use as not just a market hall.

New Hope.

In late 2008, Powys County Council put the building up for sale by sealed tender. It was then that a local not-for-profit organisation, Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, saw the potential to return the building to its original use as not just a market hall, but also as a general hub for wider social and community activities, including the opportunity to widen community access to fresh, seasonal local food as part of the market activities. The Trust submitted an Expression of Interest in the building, asking Powys County Council if they could be allowed time to raise the funding required to undertake a full Options Appraisal and Feasibility Study.

 

Bright new future.

Powys County Council took a number of months to consider the report, in part due to the internal political and decision- making processes, and in 2010 the Council gave an informal in-principle agreement that the building could be transferred to the Trust if the Trust could raise the significant amount of funding required for the full restoration and repairs of the building.

The long, arduous process of seeking grant funding progressed over a period of several years, and in 2012 a complex package of funding was brought together with grants from Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Community Asset Transfer Programme and Welsh Government Community Facilities and Activities Programme. Powys County Council transferred the property to the Trust on a 99 year lease in April 2014, and the restoration works started on site in June 2014.