Work on the old part of the Guildhall is progressing. The Roysse Court Gardens are being dug up
The major benefits of the revamp include:
* Accessible toilets on the ground floor.
* Muniments room for the town’s archives with easy access and reading room.
* Improved reception area.
* Re-paving Roysse Court Gardens, including removing steps on the south side.
* Platform lift to old magistrates court.
I don’t think the fate of the old staircase has been decided yet. It was to be modified to allow a lift to the upper storey but then people protested that the staircase was a town treasure.
The boarded up Upper Reaches hotel was in the Abingdon Herald again last week, lamenting the continuing loss of a great place for people to stay. The surrounding area is lovely, and with the right people in charge it would work.
Meanwhile a Hilton Hotel is expanding in Abingdon next to the A34.
In Bath Street, Abingdon, two new businesses have opened during May 2018.
H & H Nail Salon have opened where Marie’s used to be. There are already a few nail salons in Abingdon so nail salons must be in great demand.
Hani’s Romanian Restaurant & Shisha Bar also opened in May 2018. This is the first Romanian Restaurant to open in Abingdon.