Conservative MP for Orpington Jo Johnson has met with the Orpington Priory Community Hub (OPCH) to put his support behind their plans to save the priory.
The OPCH is a charitable trust that was established to secure the future of the Grade II listed building, which has been on the site since the 14th century. It used to house the Bromley Museum, but this closed last September and the council made the decision to sell the priory on a long lease.
The trust wants to turn the priory into a heritage, events and community centre that will become a vital part of Orpington. The proposals put forward by the OPCH include plans for a tea room; a cultural programme including special exhibitions; an educational heritage programme; and room hire for wedding receptions, comedy nights, business meetings and other events.
Jo Johnson believes that these proposals offer a fantastic way to secure the use of Orpington Priory into the future, and he is supporting the efforts of the charity’s trustees: “These are exciting proposals in keeping with the strength of community spirit in Orpington and I very much hope that the positive energy of this committee will see results.”
The charity is progressing with its plans and will present its proposals to the council in May. An answer is expected in September. Fundraising efforts are in the works to generate the £600,000 target, but events will not start until the building has been secured.
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