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An open invitation for community and voluntary groups

We want to encourage community groups and local people to come forward with practical ideas for the management of these buildings

Even though the consultation period for the Open Halls project has now passed, we still need people in the community to come forward not just with ideas for the use of the buildings but also with the energy and ability to manage them directly.

We are looking for a group or groups who can bring them back into use and generate and sufficient income so that they are not dependent on ongoing funding from the council.

What we are looking for

  • For the buildings to be used to benefit the people of Glossop - this could be an economic benefit or a social benefit or a mixture of these things.
     
  • For the activity in the buildings to generate sufficient income to pay for the upkeep of the buildings in the future - so that there is no ongoing cost to the taxpayer.
     
  • For community groups to come forward with proposals about how they could use and manage the buildings - it could be that a number of different groups are involved or that a single organisation manages all the buildings.
     
  • For community groups to come forward with proposals that would attract additional funding if needed - voluntary and community groups can access funding that is not available to councils.

For community groups to express an interest in working with us - this could be formal voluntary groups with charitable objectives, social enterprises or community interest companies, or groups which at this stage are informal but believe they have good ideas and a reasonable prospect of developing them.

What we will do

  • We will invest funding to bring the fabric and structure of the buildings up to standard - there is some funding to do this.
     
  • We will consider transferring ownership of the buildings, leasing the buildings and working in partnership with interested organisations - the council wants to ensure these buildings are protected and used for community benefit and is open mined about how this is best achieved. (Please note that the Victoria Hall is not owned by the council - it is held in Trust and any changes will need to be approved by the Charity Commission).

Express an interest and get involved

If you are a group or member of a group that has ideas and would like to get involved then complete the Expression of Interest form [23KB]  and return to open.halls@highpeak.gov.uk

Looking for inspiration or sources of advice?

Try these links:

Locality is a UK network of community-led organisations. Locality runs many community asset ownership, social action and enterprise projects with its members and partners. Their projects aim to empower people and improve communities.

Hebden Bridge Community Association - took control of Hebden Bridge Town Hall.