MEMBERS of the public have a week to have their say on the future of the Shire Hall.

Essex County Council is closing the consultation on what people would like to see at the landmark, at the top of High Street, on February 15.

The building, which is more than 200 years old, has been empty since April last year when Her Majesty’s Court Service moved out.

In December it had to shut after structural problems were discovered, with maintenance work still being carried out.

Dick Madden, chairman of the Shire Hall Reference Group, said he hoped the state of the building does not stop residents from having their say.

The county councillor said: “Shire Hall is over 200 years old and it’s not uncommon for historic buildings like this to need some extra care and attention.

“I want to reassure everyone the recent temporarily closure will not disrupt our progress with the consultation or our overall aim to find a use for this much-loved building.”

To take part in the consultation, visit www.theshirehall. com or e-mail shire.hallconsultation