HELP WANTED FOR NEW HALL
Published: 22 February 2010
Darwin Hall under construction
Lichfield City Council is seeking help from local residents to be
involved in the running of a new community on the city's Darwin Park
The new hall, called the Darwin Hall, is currently being built, and will
be available for public use from April this year. The intention is
that the hall, once completed, will be leased rent-free to a local
'management committee' who will be responsible for its day to day
Peter Young, Town Clerk, said, "The Council already owns other community
halls in the city which are run very successfully by local residents,
and we want similar arrangements to operate for the new Darwin Hall.
Our experience is that the best people to run a local hall are the local
residents themselves, but the Council will be there to support them,
particularly in getting the new management arrangements up and
Local management will be provided through a new charitable company set
up specifically for purpose, with a 'board of directors' comprising of
local residents, hall users and local councillors. They will arrange
matters such as the bookings of the hall, routine maintenance, and set
hire charges etc.
The new hall has a main hall which will seat upto 120 people, as well as
a small meeting room, and a kitchen area. It incorporates many
environmental features, including a ground source heat pump collecting
heat form 100 metres underground to provide significant energy savings
on future heating costs.
"Several people have already indicated that they want to be involved in
running the hall, and we already have people expressing an interest in
hiring the hall too," said Peter Young. Any person who is interested is
asked to contact the City Council on 01543 250011, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The official opening of the Hall will take place in June.