St Botolph’s director of operations Mike Bartlett said the aim of the Stump’s project is to double visitor numbers over the next five years.
He said if they were successful the proposals will also double retail space, develop quality hospitality to be proud of, attract local children, enable more events, dinners and tour groups and fundraising strategy that ‘sparks a buy into the project’.
Reaction to the plans at the launch event last week was mainly positive, however there were concerns about the pews being removed. A post-it note survey was carried out of what people were not sure about, what they wanted adding to and what they liked.
At the meeting Coun Richard Austin said: “I think the Stump really wants to be the hub of everything. When visitors arive in the town, they want information, they want a coffee and they want the toilet and if you come here you have that.”
A council spokesman later added: “The council has already been involved closely with the Stump and has assisted it in reaching this stage – we attend many of their meetings and have jointly met the Heritage Lottery Fund representatives with them.
“We are hugely supportive of the initiative.
“We will be inputting further into the consultation.” Concerns raised included the use of the smaller chapel, the sustainability of the project and preserving the condition of the books in the library.