Portsmouth Guildhall bell tower: the case for restoration

Scarrow, Deborah (2008) Portsmouth Guildhall bell tower: the case for restoration. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation looks to justify the case for restoration of the Portsmouth Guildhall Bell Tower. The literature review covers the history of the Guildhall and the local population’s attachment to it. It then looks at Contingent Valuation theory as a means of providing an economic valuation for the public’s desire for the Bell Tower and summarises the financial grants available for heritage buildings in Local Authority ownership. A public questionnaire revealed there is still a strong public feeling about the Guildhall and many people were sufficiently interested to make further comments about their own memories and opinions. In addition, most respondents would pay an Entrance Fee to access the restored Bell Tower, calculated to provide annual revenue of £94,374. Local Council Tax payers were also asked if they would contribute to a one off increase to fund the works and this was found to raise a capital sum of £550,772. A second questionnaire went to Local Authorities to ascertain the extent of maintenance on their historic buildings and methods of funding. Of the few Authorities that responded, it transpired most felt their buildings were in fair condition. The majority of repairs to their historic buildings were carried out to the external fabric and costs were generally met from internal budgets, although two had successfully received grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/856

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