Conygre House is saved
Published on: 01 Jul 2013
Conygre House - Filton's 400-year-old farmhouse - has been saved from demolition.
South Glos councillors voted unanimously to sell the landark house to counselling organisation Network Counselling for £250,000 - the lower of two bids on the table.
A packed public gallery full of Filton residents who had travelled to Thornbury by coach heard several impassioned pleas to save the house.
Councillors were told that the building should remain a community asset.
Save Conygre House chairman Keith Briffett said it was a victory for democracy.
He said: "This is a vote for the local community and for democracy.
"We now want to help Network Counselling as much as we can to help the people of Filton."
SCH vice chair Tony Blake told the meeting: "As a community we desperately need this facility."
Filton councillor Adam Monk told the meeting that the counl had precedents for selling to lower bidders.
Cllr Tim Bowles (Con, Winterbourne), who put forward the motion to save Conygre House, said: “Conygre House is a historic local building and should be used to benefit the local community.
"We are aware of the heritage aspect and we want to find a way to preserve this."
More in Filtonvoice July issue.