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Buyer Guarantees Future Of Beeston Town Hall
The decision comes following months of work with two community bidders to find an alternative use for the Town Hall.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Jackson said: “The Council wanted to find a buyer who presented a strong business case which was sustainable, financially viable and provided significant community benefits and Cornerstone Redeemer Church's proposals met all of these requirements.
“They plan to create a new community hub for the people of Beeston with initiatives including support for international students, community fun days, English as a second language support, mid-week community groups, artisan-style workshops and exhibitions, children’s groups, money and debt advice, community café, courses and supporting the work of Hope Nottingham.
They will not only help preserve and enhance the existing building and ensure that local people can still enjoy using the Town Hall, they will also bring a wider range of services to support local people.”
The next steps will include drawing up contracts and a planning application being submitted for any changes to the building.
Town Hall Frequently Asked Questions
- Following a public consultation in December 2017, the Council decided to accept formal expressions of interest for groups with proposals for alternative uses for the building.
- Four bids were submitted to the Council and these were assessed on sustainability and financial viability.
- Two of the groups were invited to submit more detailed business plans for consideration.
- In July, Policy and Performance Committee agreed to continue to work with both groups to bring forward a proposal which is financially sound. This included exploring the possibility of the two groups working jointly.
- Declaring the Town Hall as surplus to requirements is in line with the Council’s Land Disposals Policy, which states that “when considering potential disposals, the Committee must satisfy itself that the land or property in question is either surplus or underused.” This decision was taken at Policy and Performance Committee on 3rd October 2018.
- A local community group were unsuccessful in their application to Historic England to have the Town Hall building added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest. It was also unsuccessful in its bid to have the Town Hall designated at an Asset of Community Value.
- What happens now? The Council and Cornerstone Redeemer Church will appoint legal advisors to draw up contracts. A planning application would also need to be submitted for any changes to the building.
- Safeguards will be included in the sale contract to restrict demolition of the Town Hall or its re-sale for redevelopment.
A description of the debate can be found on the Council's Full Council Twitter Moment. (Opens in a New Window) The results of the recorded vote on the future of Beeston Town Hall are as follows:
Cllr Eileen Atherton, Cllr Lydia Ball BEM, Cllr Joan Briggs, Cllr Tim Brindley, Cllr Mick Brown, Cllr Derek Burnett BEM, Cllr Mel Crow, Cllr Edward Cubley, Cllr John Doddy, Cllr Shane Easom, Cllr Lee Fletcher, Cllr Jan Goold, Cllr John Handley, Cllr Margaret Handley, Cllr Tony Harper, Cllr Richard Jackson, Cllr Eric Kerry, Cllr Stephanie Kerry, Cllr John Longdon, Cllr Jill Owen, Cllr Philip Owen, Cllr Chris Rice, Cllr Paul Simpson, Cllr Adam Stockwell
Cllr David Bagshaw, Cllr Susan Bagshaw, Cllr Barbara Carr, Cllr Steve Carr, Cllr Teresa Cullen, Cllr Ray Darby, Cllr Lynda Lally, Cllr Pat Lally, Cllr Greg Marshall, Cllr Josie Marsters, Cllr John McGrath, Cllr Janet Patrick, Cllr Milan Radulovic MBE
Cllr Richard MacRae, Cllr Richard Robinson
Cllr Dawn Elliott, Cllr Halimah Khaled MBE, Cllr Martin Plackett, Cllr Ken Rigby
For: 24; Against: 13; Abstain: 2
The decision to sell Beeston Town Hall to the Cornerstone Redeemer Church was therefore approved.