Druitt Hall building is saved from demolition, but will still close

Bournemouth Echo: Supporters of the Druitt Hall in Christchurch Supporters of the Druitt Hall in Christchurch

THEY may have won a battle to save Druitt Hall from demolition but campaigners now face another tussle after council chiefs insisted the facility will still close in March.

A spokesperson for Christchurch Borough Council confirmed the community hall will still close on March 31, despite controversial plans to demolish it and replace it with landscaping including seating and a sculpture, being turned down by the planning committee last week.

More than 1,000 people had signed a petition calling for the plans to be refused with around 200 people also writing letters of objection.

Councillors were told the Friends of Druitt Hall were also planning on submitting their own application for a replacement hall with local businessman Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford working on a business plan to financially support the new hall, as well as maintaining the existing structure.

The decision to close the hall was made at a resources committee meeting last year, but supporters had hoped the planning decision may change things.

The Friends of Druitt Hall have applied for the building to be nominated an asset of community value, with a report due to go before resources committee on Wednesday.

Elliot Marx, one of the Friends said: “We are disgusted at the statement that they are going to close the hall anyway.

“It will not go down well with the public either.

“The people of Christchurch have made it very clear they do not want this.

“The report to the committee on the asset of community value seems to be based on the fact the hall will be demolished. These plans have now been rejected.

“I would hope we can work with the council now on where we go from here.

“Work is already underway on our application and business plan.”

The council is unable to appeal its own planning application with members of the resources committee to be updated of recent developments regarding Druitt Hall before discussing the item at Wednesday’s meeting.

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4:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Looks like if they leave it a few weeks, it'll fall down of it's own accord....
Looks like if they leave it a few weeks, it'll fall down of it's own accord.... speedy231278
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5:21pm Wed 9 Jan 13

belafonte says...

Christchurch Councillors represent what was once Christchurch Council, a Council that for generations represented the views of the people of Christchurch.

Council officers work for East Dorset Council, who's only interest in Christchurch is selling off the Civic Centre in order to pay for brand new offices for East Dorset Council.

Don't you remember voting for the merger/take-over ?????
Christchurch Councillors represent what was once Christchurch Council, a Council that for generations represented the views of the people of Christchurch. Council officers work for East Dorset Council, who's only interest in Christchurch is selling off the Civic Centre in order to pay for brand new offices for East Dorset Council. Don't you remember voting for the merger/take-over ????? belafonte
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6:08pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Lew Swimmin says...

They may be losing the Druitt Hall, but surely it's some consolation for Christchurch Council Tax payers to know that they are helping to keep the road through Sixpenny Handley in good condition?
They may be losing the Druitt Hall, but surely it's some consolation for Christchurch Council Tax payers to know that they are helping to keep the road through Sixpenny Handley in good condition? Lew Swimmin
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6:29pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr says...

In answer to belafonte:

The partnership with East Dorset started when MIke Turvey, the old CEO of Christchurch Council was allegedly shafted by certain people. I don't think the current CEO has any interest in Christchurch, and I think he sees his job as that of hatchet man for Christchurch. I have said previously, that the day will come when the sovereignty of Christchurch will dissapear as Wimbourne did. I have been shot down by the Leader on numerous occasions over this, but they way Christchurch is closing down it can only be a matter of time.

The closure of the Druitt Hall will definately go ahead because that is what the current Leader of the Council has pontificated.

The Civic Offices, I am sure, will be sold off, because it is alleged that the decision has been made, and there is no current opposition to the current leader group.

The intransigence of the current hierarchy appears to be causing unrest in this historic Borough (or could it become Parish).

I would suspect that the Leader of Christchurch Council will come back and tell me to get my head out of the sand, or that I am the spokesperson for the Independent Group.
In answer to belafonte: The partnership with East Dorset started when MIke Turvey, the old CEO of Christchurch Council was allegedly shafted by certain people. I don't think the current CEO has any interest in Christchurch, and I think he sees his job as that of hatchet man for Christchurch. I have said previously, that the day will come when the sovereignty of Christchurch will dissapear as Wimbourne did. I have been shot down by the Leader on numerous occasions over this, but they way Christchurch is closing down it can only be a matter of time. The closure of the Druitt Hall will definately go ahead because that is what the current Leader of the Council has pontificated. The Civic Offices, I am sure, will be sold off, because it is alleged that the decision has been made, and there is no current opposition to the current leader group. The intransigence of the current hierarchy appears to be causing unrest in this historic Borough (or could it become Parish). I would suspect that the Leader of Christchurch Council will come back and tell me to get my head out of the sand, or that I am the spokesperson for the Independent Group. Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr
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6:31pm Wed 9 Jan 13

skydriver says...

belafonte wrote:
Christchurch Councillors represent what was once Christchurch Council, a Council that for generations represented the views of the people of Christchurch.

Council officers work for East Dorset Council, who's only interest in Christchurch is selling off the Civic Centre in order to pay for brand new offices for East Dorset Council.

Don't you remember voting for the merger/take-over ?????
Would that be a bad idea, at least we would be voting for NEW councillors maybe ones who may listen to local views, unlike the present ones!
[quote][p][bold]belafonte[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Councillors represent what was once Christchurch Council, a Council that for generations represented the views of the people of Christchurch. Council officers work for East Dorset Council, who's only interest in Christchurch is selling off the Civic Centre in order to pay for brand new offices for East Dorset Council. Don't you remember voting for the merger/take-over ?????[/p][/quote]Would that be a bad idea, at least we would be voting for NEW councillors maybe ones who may listen to local views, unlike the present ones! skydriver
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9:13am Thu 10 Jan 13

belafonte says...

Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr wrote:
In answer to belafonte:

The partnership with East Dorset started when MIke Turvey, the old CEO of Christchurch Council was allegedly shafted by certain people. I don't think the current CEO has any interest in Christchurch, and I think he sees his job as that of hatchet man for Christchurch. I have said previously, that the day will come when the sovereignty of Christchurch will dissapear as Wimbourne did. I have been shot down by the Leader on numerous occasions over this, but they way Christchurch is closing down it can only be a matter of time.

The closure of the Druitt Hall will definately go ahead because that is what the current Leader of the Council has pontificated.

The Civic Offices, I am sure, will be sold off, because it is alleged that the decision has been made, and there is no current opposition to the current leader group.

The intransigence of the current hierarchy appears to be causing unrest in this historic Borough (or could it become Parish).

I would suspect that the Leader of Christchurch Council will come back and tell me to get my head out of the sand, or that I am the spokesperson for the Independent Group.
Based in Wimborne for the majority of his time its probably difficult for the 'Mac the Knife' to hear the views of Christchurch residents, even if he was listening.

But if the 'Dear Leader' doesn't listen and take note of Christchurch residents views it may well be that at the next local elections there are Independent candidates, or fringe parties, who will offer residents the opportunity to vote on whether to merge with East Dorset. We might get to hear the pro's and con's of merging with other Councils, such as Bournemouth or New Forest, so that Christchurch gets not what the 'Dear Leader' wants, but what Christchurch residents want.
[quote][p][bold]Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr[/bold] wrote: In answer to belafonte: The partnership with East Dorset started when MIke Turvey, the old CEO of Christchurch Council was allegedly shafted by certain people. I don't think the current CEO has any interest in Christchurch, and I think he sees his job as that of hatchet man for Christchurch. I have said previously, that the day will come when the sovereignty of Christchurch will dissapear as Wimbourne did. I have been shot down by the Leader on numerous occasions over this, but they way Christchurch is closing down it can only be a matter of time. The closure of the Druitt Hall will definately go ahead because that is what the current Leader of the Council has pontificated. The Civic Offices, I am sure, will be sold off, because it is alleged that the decision has been made, and there is no current opposition to the current leader group. The intransigence of the current hierarchy appears to be causing unrest in this historic Borough (or could it become Parish). I would suspect that the Leader of Christchurch Council will come back and tell me to get my head out of the sand, or that I am the spokesperson for the Independent Group.[/p][/quote]Based in Wimborne for the majority of his time its probably difficult for the 'Mac the Knife' to hear the views of Christchurch residents, even if he was listening. But if the 'Dear Leader' doesn't listen and take note of Christchurch residents views it may well be that at the next local elections there are Independent candidates, or fringe parties, who will offer residents the opportunity to vote on whether to merge with East Dorset. We might get to hear the pro's and con's of merging with other Councils, such as Bournemouth or New Forest, so that Christchurch gets not what the 'Dear Leader' wants, but what Christchurch residents want. belafonte
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2:55pm Thu 10 Jan 13

coster says...

Always remember NEVER trust a Politician - flying any flag or colour.
Although it must be said, these are a special breed!.
Always remember NEVER trust a Politician - flying any flag or colour. Although it must be said, these are a special breed!. coster
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4:53pm Thu 10 Jan 13

belafonte says...

coster wrote:
Always remember NEVER trust a Politician - flying any flag or colour.
Although it must be said, these are a special breed!.
We can but hope there are people out there that will put the interests of Christchurch first, their Highcliffe ward seat second, and their political ambitions third.
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: Always remember NEVER trust a Politician - flying any flag or colour. Although it must be said, these are a special breed!.[/p][/quote]We can but hope there are people out there that will put the interests of Christchurch first, their Highcliffe ward seat second, and their political ambitions third. belafonte
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8:30pm Thu 10 Jan 13

mytown1 says...

If we can go back to the original article about closing Druitt Hall. CBC Rescources Committee chose last evening to close Druitt Hall on 31/3/13 regardless of the users of the hall being unable to find other premises in which to hold their club meetings, WI market on a Monday etc. Provisional enquiries around the town for some clubs have led them to come to the conclusion that they will not be able to afford hiring the very few/odd rooms that are available and most are not suitable due to disabled access not being available. Therefore, for some the only means of outside social contact is being denied to them due to this action. What a sad state of affairs. Surely we cannot be so heartless as a society to gain any satisfaction in this matter and the way it has been handled by the Rescources Committee at Christchurch Borough Council. There should have been more than 1 committee involved in this decision including Community Services. So whilst the Council may say Druitt Hall was not a Community Asset there are many residents who do not share that view. What happened to the Conservative "Big Society" that was launched with such fanfare.
If we can go back to the original article about closing Druitt Hall. CBC Rescources Committee chose last evening to close Druitt Hall on 31/3/13 regardless of the users of the hall being unable to find other premises in which to hold their club meetings, WI market on a Monday etc. Provisional enquiries around the town for some clubs have led them to come to the conclusion that they will not be able to afford hiring the very few/odd rooms that are available and most are not suitable due to disabled access not being available. Therefore, for some the only means of outside social contact is being denied to them due to this action. What a sad state of affairs. Surely we cannot be so heartless as a society to gain any satisfaction in this matter and the way it has been handled by the Rescources Committee at Christchurch Borough Council. There should have been more than 1 committee involved in this decision including Community Services. So whilst the Council may say Druitt Hall was not a Community Asset there are many residents who do not share that view. What happened to the Conservative "Big Society" that was launched with such fanfare. mytown1
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9:52am Fri 11 Jan 13

WOC says...

Knock the building down, it is a total eyesore.
Knock the building down, it is a total eyesore. WOC
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3:13pm Sun 13 Jan 13

coster says...

Do take the opportunity to check out 'Dorsetforyou.com/34
8323 where the fate of the Community Centre is sealed.
Do take the opportunity to check out 'Dorsetforyou.com/34 8323 where the fate of the Community Centre is sealed. coster
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