A MEETING is to take place this week to discuss potential funding of a heritage centre.
For the past 20 months Lulworth House in the Cheadle's High Street has been a Pugin Centre dedicated to celebrating the bi-centenary of the birth of one of the country's greatest Gothicrevival architects Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.
The project has been managed on behalf of Cheadle Tourism Group by Urban Vision, most notably Hannah Barter, a director of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC.
In June, a group of volunteers was set up to help secure the future of Lulworth House as a heritage and visitor centre for Cheadle.
The group had hoped to secure short-term funding through an application to the Arts Council, which had been applied for by Urban Vision.
However, Hannah Barter, has this week confirmed that the funding application has not been successful.
She said: "Urban Vision North Staffordshire have received the funding decision from Arts Council England regarding our re-submission application for the project 'Our Space: Community Arts Programme' to be delivered from Lulworth House.
"Unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in this funding round. The Arts Council gave the reason of 'Artistic Outcomes' showing weaknesses in relation to the activity's artistic outcomes. It is worth mentioning that these outcomes have not altered from the original bid, nor have these been sited as an issue before on previous applications.
"The previous Arts Council application was unsuccessful due to the competition for funds."
Hannah added: "It is with regret that Urban Vision have now exhausted our resources we are able to commit to the development of funding towards the future of Lulworth House.
"We have really enjoyed our time working within the community of Cheadle who have truly embraced all that we have delivered.
"On behalf of Urban Vision I would like to extend my support towards the efforts and future development of the project.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support and dedication during the project and wish all well and good luck with the future development of the project."
Ivan Wozniak, who is a member of the Steering Group for the Cheadle Civic Heritage Trust which has been set up to keep Lulworth House going as a heritage centre, said on Monday: "We will be having a meeting later this week to discuss applying for funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
"We have no plans to give up. We were hoping that the funding from the Arts Council would help us in the short term.
"It is disappointing that we didn't get the Arts Council funding but we are looking at other funding as well as the Heritage Lottery.
"Lulworth House is still open thanks to volunteers. We currently have an exhibition focusing on Victorian Cheadle."