Current village hall

whitehorse
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Current village hall

Postby whitehorse » Wed May 06, 2015 7:46 am

Please can you provide up-to-date information regarding your plan for the current village hall site, should your plan to move to a new village hall go ahead?

Simont
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Re: Current village hall

Postby Simont » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:12 am

Sorry for the late reply to this - been on holiday is a poor but accurate excuse.

We don't have any firm plans. As we have said many times this project may not go ahead so there is no point going too far with plans for the existing hall. Having said that, in part because we have a duty to the charitable status of the hall to maximise its value, it is highly likely that it will be sold for housing development.

Simon

concerned resident
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Re: Current village hall

Postby concerned resident » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:51 pm

Simont wrote:Sorry for the late reply to this - been on holiday is a poor but accurate excuse.

We don't have any firm plans. As we have said many times this project may not go ahead so there is no point going too far with plans for the existing hall. Having said that, in part because we have a duty to the charitable status of the hall to maximise its value, it is highly likely that it will be sold for housing development.

Simon


You state above that 'this project may not go ahead' and also on the 31st March on this forum under 'Is this a Consultation' you said the project will not go ahead unless it has the majority support of people who live in the village so if the majority agree with the opposition it will not go ahead'. You and others are progressing this because you believe there is strong support but it is only when we come to vote that we will know.

Can I remind you that on the Minutes of the Meeting of Calne Area Board which was held on the 10th February 2015 the decision to grant £5,000 to the Cherhill Village Hall was - to approve funding to enable Cherhill New Village Hall Steering Group to undertake a public consultation into the need for a replacement village hall in Cherhill, exploratory work regarding options and submission of a planning application. I can see that you have accepted three architects to start on plans but we are still waiting for the PUBLIC CONSULTATION - can you please advise when this will be.

johncav
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Re: Current village hall

Postby johncav » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:10 pm

I can see that you have accepted three architects to start on plans but we are still waiting for the PUBLIC CONSULTATION - can you please advise when this will be.


The latest update on our website makes it absolutely clear. There will be an Open Day on 5th September when the architects' ideas will be available for review and comment. This is not the start of the consultation though, that began last year with our questionnaire, but I hope you would agree that it is logical to extend the consultation once there is something to consult about?

concerned resident
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Re: Current village hall

Postby concerned resident » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:33 pm

johncav wrote:
I can see that you have accepted three architects to start on plans but we are still waiting for the PUBLIC CONSULTATION - can you please advise when this will be.


The latest update on our website makes it absolutely clear. There will be an Open Day on 5th September when the architects' ideas will be available for review and comment. This is not the start of the consultation though, that began last year with our questionnaire, but I hope you would agree that it is logical to extend the consultation once there is something to consult about?


An Open Day when the architects' ideas will be available for review and comment!!!!! A vote means everyone in the village not just a few that may turn up to look at the plans surely a voting form should be delivered to every household in the village and a request that it should be returned as this is the most important part of this PUBLIC CONSULTATION. The last questionnaire was hit and miss and as you stated only 157 were returned therefore not giving a true reflection of peoples opinions on this subject.

johncav
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Re: Current village hall

Postby johncav » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:02 pm

Please don't assume that consultation will end at the Open Day - that is only the next planned event.

concerned resident
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Re: Current village hall

Postby concerned resident » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:26 pm

johncav wrote:Please don't assume that consultation will end at the Open Day - that is only the next planned event.



You would make a good politician as you never actually answer the question!!! When are we getting a proper VOTE and will this be in the form of a voting form which will be addressed to every householder in the Village. If you need help delivering them I will be only too happy to help.

leah11
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Re: Current village hall

Postby leah11 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:45 pm

There are a lot of people who still do not know about this proposal, particularly older people who do not have access, or the skills, to see the posts online. People are still expressing surprise at the proposal. There needs to be a proper concensus of opinion. There are over 700 people in this village. I would like to know how many people are for the proposal, and how many people against.

Simont
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Re: Current village hall

Postby Simont » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:04 am

At the risk of being repetitive we have always said that once we have some plans (from architects) and a much clearer idea of what we would like to propose building then there will be a public vote. We have no idea when that will be yet but not soon. If the majority are against then the project will not go ahead. If the majority are in favour then it still may not go ahead because we will still have lots of hurdles to get over including raising a lot of money. However we are identifying many sources of funding and are encouraged by the number of other communities around the country who have been able to do this.

We do feel at the moment we have majority support as evidenced by the last formal, public vote on the subject which resulted in 75% voting in favour of a new hall and by the many verbal expressions of support. However none of that will make any difference to the final outcome which will be based as we have said many times on a public vote by our community.

It may well be that, despite a questionnaire going to every household, update pieces in the Parish newsletter and pieces in The Villages magazine that there are still some who are unaware of the project but we will continue to do our best to communicate the project and keep people informed of progress. As John has said the next formal event will be a display of the Architects plans in the village hall on 5th September and we will soon be publicising that. It will probably be an all day event to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

cherhillres
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Re: Current village hall

Postby cherhillres » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:37 pm

Please could you elaborate on the last 'formal, public vote'- when was this, Simon?


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