Town hall to be converted

SUDBURY Town Hall is set to become a venue for wedding ceremonies after plans were unveiled to turn part of the building into a register office.

The news comes after the town council agreed a 10-year lease with Suffolk County Council to use the first floor of the hall, in Gaol Lane, as the Sudbury and District Register Office.

The register office is expected to move to its new home from Cornard Road in April, for services including registration of births, marriages and deaths, with marriages carried out in the hall’s Assembly Room.

Colin Spence, county councillor and portfolio holder for public protection, said: “Locating the register office within the town hall means we are able to provide better surroundings for customers using our services, including the use of the Assembly Room for wedding ceremonies.”

The plans will see conversion work take place on the first floor of the building to create three offices and a reception area.

Sue Brotherwood, town clerk, said: “This development represents good use of a public building as well as generating additional income for the town council for the next 10 years.

“The Assembly Room is being booked less and less for functions, and isn’t really viable for that purpose any more. We also have the Delphi Centre, which caters for functions, so this move makes perfect sense.”