Ahead of a council meeting this evening to move forward with plans to evaluate the future of West Bridgford’s Lutterell Hall, over 2,600 have signed the petition launched last week.
Rushcliffe Borough Council announced last week that the future of Lutterell Hall will be evaluated this year, options include disposal and sale of the site.
The move comes as Nottinghamshire Police announced that they will leave the adjacent West Bridgford Police Station and find another home in the town. The council’s contact centre also resides on the police station.
The decision hasn’t been taken, but at a meeting on 11th June the council will vote on whether to move forward with the evaluation process, it is not a vote on the disposal yet.
Many local groups are users of the hall, but the council says that not enough use the facility to balance the books and that the hall requires significant investment on repairs and maintenance.
St Giles’ Playgroup who have been operating for 50 years at the premises said they were ‘shocked’ at the news regarding these options.
A petition on change.org was launched by Kier Chewings – here is the petition
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We are reassuring the local pre-school group and organisations who use the hall that we are only at the initial stages of reviewing the site.
“I am set to meet the pre-school group next week to listen to their views, who appear to be misinformed about the process so far.
“We want to hear the views of all users of the site and make sure this feeds into future options before making any further decisions. If the site is marketed, a further report and discussions of all options will be made at a future meeting of the Cabinet.”