MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON GLOSSOP’S HALLS

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THE future of Glossop’s iconic public halls is to be debated at an open meeting at which community leaders will reveal possible uses and invite people to have their say.

The meeting in Bradbury House from 7pm to 9pm next Thursday (July 5) is the final stage of a four-pronged consultation called Open Halls.

The aim of the community conversation, organised by High Peak Borough Council, has been to give residents, businesses and organisations plenty of chance to make themselves heard on the future use and management of the Town Hall, Market Hall, Municipal Buildings and Victoria Hall.

Dubbed Open Halls: Your Voice, the meeting will present and discuss feedback from:

  • Open Halls Launch, on Monday, June 11 when the public was able to view plans of the properties, learn about their history, and register an interest in helping run the buildings
  • Open Halls Ideas, on Thursday, June 21 when more than 40 members of the public met interested groups, council staff and councillors to contribute and challenge ideas. Council representatives described draft proposals and unveiled a survey that the public has until Friday, July 13 to complete.

At Open Halls next Thursday, council staff and councillors will share ideas received so far and listen to any other views expressed at the meeting.

As the four buildings are important to the town’s landscape, the council is keen to ensure they are well looked after and provide the services needed by the people of Glossopdale in the 21st Century.

However, important decisions need making as the upper floors of the Town Hall and Victoria Hall are not used while the rest of Victoria Hall will become empty when Derbyshire County Council relocates its library.

Municipal Buildings provides offices for the borough council plus a public services one-stop shop but Market Hall needs investment if it is to remain an attractive, convenient venue for market traders and shoppers alike.

Borough council leader Caitlin Bisknell explained: “Important decisions need to be made to secure the future of Glossop’s public halls for the benefit of the people of Glossop. Open Halls: Your Voice will help us gain valuable feedback on some of the ideas we have heard so far as part of this consultation. I would encourage anyone with ideas to share these and help bring the halls back into community use for the future”.

Questions can be submitted before the meeting by e-mailing open.halls@highpeak.gov.uk or calling the communities team on (01298) 28400.

Open Halls started on Monday, May 28 with the publication of a timetable at www.highpeak.gov.uk. The consultation web pages, to be found on the home page under “consultation and engagement”, also provide a link to the online survey.

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26/06/12

HPBC Media Release Contact: Charles Malkin – Media Relations Manager

                                           Press Office: 0845 129 7777 ext 2128

Email: CharlesMalkin@highpeak.gov.uk

Web:  www.highpeak.gov.uk

Charles Malkin

Media Relations Manager

High Peak Borough Council and

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council


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