A budget of £50,000 to repair and preserve the historic Octagon building in St Ives was agreed by members at Huntingdonshire District Council’s cabinet meeting on Thursday 22 October.

The Octagon is located within the Cattle Market car park in St Ives and is owned by the district council. The building was once a cattle market sale ring and is one of the few remaining structures left from the former usage of the site. It sits within a conservation area and is protected against demolition.

The building’s condition is such that repairs are now required to ensure that the structure is made safe, can be securely locked and to improve the use of the internal space. Works needed include replacing and repairing timber cladding, making the roof watertight, strengthening doors and updating the electricity supply. It is hoped that once the necessary works are carried out the building can be considered for use by the community.

Cllr Jonathan Gray, Executive Councillor for Resources, said: "The Octagon is an iconic historical building that has played an important role in the town’s history. These necessary repairs will help preserve the building and make it safe, to ensure that it can be enjoyed once again by the community. We would urge any community groups that may be interested in making use of the Octagon to contact the council."