Bolton Museum - Bolton Council - Tender

Christopher Banks made this Freedom of Information request to The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Dear Heritage Lottery Fund,

On the 22 May 2014 the Bolton News ran an article about a £1,800,000 investment for the Bolton Museum, on the 19th July 2016 the Bolton News ran an article that stated;

"It was hoped the project would attract £1.8 million Heritage Lottery Funding with the museum having received a £115,500 lottery grant in 2012. "

We have been informed that the reason for the heritage lottery not supporting the funding bid for the Museum investment, is due to Bolton Council refusing to release the tender contracts for the construction/revamp. If this is true the people of Bolton have been deprived of investment based upon Bolton Councils refusal to release the documents of tender.

I ask for the following:

- The application submitted by Bolton Council to the heritage lottery for the alleged £1.8 million funding to revamp the Bolton Museum.
- The documents of tender from Bolton Council for the work that was to be carried out
- The official reason why the heritage lottery has not supported the investment/refurbishment of the Bolton Museum.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Banks

Freedom Of Information, The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Dear Christopher Banks

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Penny

Penny Coombes
Freedom of Information
Heritage Lottery Fund
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Dear Christopher

Thank you for your request for information. I have received clarification from our North West team on the circumstance surrounding the Bolton Museum project referred to in the news article. The project was supported by HLF with the second round application being approved by our Committee for the North West in March 2015. I have attached sections 2-4 of this application form here for your information.

However, following their round 2 award and while working towards securing permission to start the project Bolton Council re-designed their project to the extent that it would have been necessary for them to re-apply for funding from HLF as the revised plans were substantially different to the proposals that had been approved by the Committee. Following discussions with HLF the Council decided they did not wish to pursue this course of action as it would have required them to go back to the start of the application process. We respected and understood their decision to progress the revised plans without HLF funding. There were no issues relating to the release of tender contracts with this project.

I hope that this information has answered your concerns.

With best wishes
Penny

Penny Coombes
Freedom of Information
Heritage Lottery Fund
7 Holbein Place
London, SW1W 8NR
Website: www.hlf.org.uk

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