Ulverston landmark's future down to residents
Last updated at 12:00, Monday, 22 July 2013
THE future of a much-loved Ulverston landmark will be decided by residents, council chiefs have promised.
Following public concern over the future of the Coronation Hall in Ulverston, South Lakeland District Council leader Peter Thornton has pledged to ensure members of the public are properly consulted once proposals to safeguard its future are put forward.
Earlier this year, the Evening Mail revealed the popular venue was costing the taxpayer almost £1,000 a day to run.
SLDC has already said the hall is unviable in its present state and Councillor Graham Vincent, portfolio holder for communities and well-being, has been tasked with finding a solution.
But Cllr Thornton has said although every possible solution is being considered, the council will go for the option with the most public support.
He said: “It is a wonderful building and a wonderful asset and I will do everything I can to make sure it has got a future.”
Cllr Thornton said it was too early to rule out any possibilities but he made it clear no decisions will be taken without first consulting residents.
He said: “I guarantee nothing will get slipped by and suddenly announced without consultation. Whatever we come up with, we will put to the people of Ulverston and listen to what they say.”
He also said the council currently has no preferred option for how to cut the cost to the taxpayer of running the hall.
The issue of the Coronation Hall was raised by a number of residents at a recent drop-in surgery he held alongside SLDC chief executive Lawrence Conway at the venue.
Ulverston Town Council has previously vowed to do all it can to keep the hall open amid fears the council is looking to sell it off.
It is likely to be several months before the council puts forward its proposals to mitigate the heavy drain on its budget caused by the Coronation Hall.
However, if it is to continue footing the bill it seems it will have to find the money elsewhere.
First published at 16:50, Sunday, 21 July 2013
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