Decision details

The future use and refurbishment of Shirehall

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree which of the presented recommendations, if any, present a preferred way forward

regarding the investment in council owned heritage sites within Hereford city centre, namely,

Shirehall to inform the capital bid process and to invite Cabinet to propose alternative

recommendations for further development and consideration.




a)    Cabinet agree to place the report on hold to allow further investigations on potential future uses of the building linked to the outcome of the Corporate Asset Review and the outcome of the planned asset transfer of the Town Hall;

b)    Delegated authority is given to the Director Resources and Assurance following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the preferred recommendation;

c)     If option 1 is chosen, then not more than £60k from the ‘Solar photovoltaic panels’ capital budget be drawn for the installation of solar panels on Shirehall and the Sustainability and Climate Change Manager be given delegated authority for all operational decisions relating to the installation of solar PV on Shirehall;

d)    If option 3 is chosen, then the staff car park (M-F) at the Shirehall be reviewed to consider if it can be made available for public pay and display parking for seven days per week until a formal decision on the future of the site can be made;

Delegated authority is given to the Director Economy & Environment following consultation with the Cabinet Member Infrastructure and Transport to take operational decisions necessary to alter the parking order at Shirehall temporarily

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Wards Affected: Central; College;

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Please also see related decision on future use of Town Hall and No. 10 St Owen's Street, Hereford. A combined statutory notice of forthcoming Key decision was originally published 23 May 2022 -

Contact: Sarah Jowett, Strategic Assets Delivery Director Sarah Jowett, Email: Email: Tel: 01432 383302.

Publication date: 24/11/2022

Date of decision: 24/11/2022

Effective from: 01/12/2022

Accompanying Documents:

  • The future use and refurbishment of Shirehall