‘Let us run the hall’ – Christchurch residents group appeal to council over Druitt Hall

Druitt Hall in Christchurch

Druitt Hall in Christchurch

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A CHRISTCHURCH residents’ group is appealing for the council to give some kind of assurance over the future of Druitt Hall.

Christchurch Citizens Association (CCA) has asked Christchurch council for permission to run Druitt Hall and make repairs inside and out.

However, despite represen-tatives handing over written confirmation of £25,000 to refurbish the hall, the council says the takeover will not be possible.

Previous attempts by the Druitt Hall Association to provide a new hall on the site failed due to wrangling about where a new facility would be built.

Nigel Cook from the CCA, which has the support of the Association of Christchurch Residents Associations (ACRA) said: “They have repeatedly insisted that hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding must be in place as a guarantee for a new hall in the town centre before the council will agree to where a hall can be built.

“This is impossible as Judy Jamieson pleaded for land in Burton, before she could apply for a grant for a new village hall which makes the council’s insistence look very foolish.

“The Citizens Association has made this point to the council many times, but the council keeps blocking the CCA offers.”

He added: “The CCA is a very well organised group of local volunteers that are offering to run the existing hall and a new hall free of charge for the benefit of the community.”

Mr Cook said the 2012 Localism Act encouraged groups to put in applications such as this to run local facilities.

The council’s response

Neil Farmer, strategic director at Christchurch council, said: “The council is committed to undertaking its review of the Christchurch Town Centre Strategy.
“The future appropriate provision and siting of community facilities to meet the needs of the town going forward will form a part of that review. The process will be open to consultation.
“Until the further outcomes of the Town Centre Strategy have been determined the council will continue to make Druitt Hall available for public use.
“The council remains at this time in communication with a number of interested parties over the operation of the hall.”

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4:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

uberbloke says...

Bet the council wish it was a tree; they know how to deal with pesky trees don't they...
Bet the council wish it was a tree; they know how to deal with pesky trees don't they... uberbloke
  • Score: 11

5:08pm Fri 7 Mar 14

joetheman says...

why bother, this council has no intention of allowing anything the residents want, now if the £25000 was in little brown envelopes!!!!,
why bother, this council has no intention of allowing anything the residents want, now if the £25000 was in little brown envelopes!!!!, joetheman
  • Score: 11

6:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

Councillors need to remember that they are there to serve the public, not to be their masters.
Councillors need to remember that they are there to serve the public, not to be their masters. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 11

7:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

“The council remains at this time in communication with a number of interested parties over the operation of the hall.”


Sounds like a developer has got his wallet out.
“The council remains at this time in communication with a number of interested parties over the operation of the hall.” Sounds like a developer has got his wallet out. BIGTONE
  • Score: 11

9:29pm Fri 7 Mar 14

twynham says...

It could be worth asking the question, who owns the land adjacent to the rear of Druitt Hall and could it be developed if Druitt Hall were not there!
It could be worth asking the question, who owns the land adjacent to the rear of Druitt Hall and could it be developed if Druitt Hall were not there! twynham
  • Score: 7

10:54pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Crank says...

Top of the list for Cunning Plans, Christchurch Council: the sudden appearance of yet another Town Centre Strategy! What happened to the Heritage Strategy? Er . . . buried. What happened to the Druitt Gardens Masterplan? er . . . trashed, despite being made official after extensive public consultation. What happened to the Core Strategy? Er . . . censored by CBC to remove the retention pledge for Druitt Hall. Now a new Strategy. Yippee!!
Top of the list for Cunning Plans, Christchurch Council: the sudden appearance of yet another Town Centre Strategy! What happened to the Heritage Strategy? Er . . . buried. What happened to the Druitt Gardens Masterplan? er . . . trashed, despite being made official after extensive public consultation. What happened to the Core Strategy? Er . . . censored by CBC to remove the retention pledge for Druitt Hall. Now a new Strategy. Yippee!! Crank
  • Score: 5

10:27am Sun 9 Mar 14

MissIngbirds says...

If there are private interests restricting councillors' ability to pursue the public interest regarding Druitt Hall then these should be declared, and, in any case should not infringe on the Council policy as a whole acting on the public interest.
If there are private interests restricting councillors' ability to pursue the public interest regarding Druitt Hall then these should be declared, and, in any case should not infringe on the Council policy as a whole acting on the public interest. MissIngbirds
  • Score: 13

6:35pm Sun 9 Mar 14

damnlion says...

Give the 'Leader' the sack. Appalling behaviour.
Give the 'Leader' the sack. Appalling behaviour. damnlion
  • Score: 6

1:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

coster says...

Theres a town centre strategy??? you could have fooled me!!!
Theres a town centre strategy??? you could have fooled me!!! coster
  • Score: 2

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