Glossop Councillors speak about Victoria Hall

Following the announcement about Glossop Library moving to the Town Hall, it has been revealed that Glossop's two Executive members of Conservative controlled High Peak Borough Council have been exploring establishing Victoria Hall as a community led facility since last Autumn.

Borough and County Councillor Jean Wharmby said, "Numerous groups, clubs and organisations in the town have long been in need of meeting facilities, and Victoria Hall would be a great location for that. We need to investigate the practicalities and find out if there is sufficient local commitment to deliver what would be a wonderful community facility."

Simmondley Councillor John Haken added, "Under previous administrations many of Glossop's public buildings were allowed to fall into disrepair. Conservative Councillors Peter Kay and Marie Foote have worked with local people to bring Hadfield Hall back into community use. The Council have also offered land to Tintwistle Parish Council for a new Parish Hall in the village. If Derbyshire County Council do decide to move the library to the Town Hall it will greatly improve the feasibility of creating a modern meeting place for groups and organisations in Glossop at Victoria Hall."

In autumn last year Councillors Peter Kay and John Haken were shown the internal damage to Victoria Hall. Cllr Haken commented, "I was relieved to find the main upstairs rooms appeared to be in reasonable condition but there was damage to the outer corner of the building which had caused cracks to appear in the plaster of the kitchen wall."

Both Councillors stress that because of the damage a structural survey will have to be carried out, and hope that a survey will find a suitable position to install a lift for disabled visitors.

Cllr Wharmby added, "I think the best way forward is that this should be developed on the lines of a community project, and I look forward to the first public consultations on this."