CONCERN over the future of the Cowdray Ruins has been expressed by Midhurst town councillors after it was announced it was scaling down its operation and would not be open to the public until safety work was carried out.
Last week the Observer reported the three staff had been made redundant and most of the trustees had resigned, because the visitor attraction was reducing its operations after suffering ‘unsustainable losses.’
Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle is now looking at the future of the ruins and organising safety work.
Steve Morley told fellow councillors the ruins were the main tourist attraction of the town and ‘vital to the health of Midhurst and Easebourne’.
The town council’s former representative on the Cowdray Heritage Trust Judy Fowler reported the ruins would not be re- opened this year. The priority was to carry out safety work as capping tiles in the ancient walls had come loose and posed a danger to visitors.
“What has happened is a blip,” she stressed. “The ruins have been closed for financial reasons and so that this work can be carried out. The idea is to re-open it to the public again.”