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Witney Corn Exchange to reopen

A public hall in Oxfordshire which closed two years ago because of heating and ventilation problems is expected to reopen next year.

Inspectors shut the Grade II listed Witney Corn Exchange in November 2011 due to the system's "imminent failure".

Witney Town Council said it expected to reopen the building by December 2014, but added it was dependant on funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Corn Exchange was built in 1863 and last refurbished in 1978.

Councillor Toby Morris, from the authority, said some work had been carried out on the frontage of the building but no work has yet been done to its interior.

He added that a new bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund would allow for a "staged approach" to the full refurbishment the building if successful.

When it reopens the hall, which previously hosted events such as theatre performances and film screenings, will continue to be used as a community space, the council said.

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