There has been a lot of activity at Old Abbey House with people being shown round in hi-viz jackets and with hard hats.
The Vale of White Horse District Council no longer need the buildings and have put it on the market with a guide price of around £1m to see if there are potential buyers. That does not include the garden. They are also in discussion with the Friends of Abingdon Civic Society to see if there are any suitable community uses.
Old Abbey House can be approached by foot from the Market Place via the Abbey Gateway and is at the heart of Abingdon.
It is a very welcoming building and once some of the 1970s office panelling is removed will look far more attractive inside.
It has many attractive features.
The building is made of two halves and I was told that the lower half is the older part. Explorations by the Friends of Abingdon will discover more.
The friends think it could potentially have lots of rooms for community use as well as a cafe looking out onto the Abbey Gardens. They are doing a lot of the ground work, and a feasibility study, and are looking for leaders to take on the project as trustees.
To show your support for the building being kept for the people of Abingdon you can sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/vowhdc-save-old-abbey-house-for-the-people-of-abingdon.
The Friends of Abingdon have more information at https://abingdoncivicsociety.org.uk/old-abbey-house-update/.