Tuesday 27 February 2024
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Rushcliffe villagers to vote on plans to demolish historic village hall

Villagers are due to vote on plans which could see a local memorial hall demolished.

Residents said they would be sad to see the end of Memorial Hall in Cropwell Bishop, which dates back to 1917.

The hall was built by villagers as a tribute to those who died in the First World War, and is owned by a charitable trust.

During the recent Memorial Hall AGM, a vote was held to gauge the feelings of residents in the village, which saw most vote in favour of demolition.

Now, the whole village will be balloted on what they want to see happen to the building, which is in Nottingham Road and is currently closed.

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Councillor Gordon Moore (Con), who represents Cropwell on Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: “There are some big decisions to be made.

“To replace the building would need significant funding of up to £1 million.

“It is a very old building, it would be a real shame if it went, the problem is getting the right funding to go ahead with it.

“That kind of funding isn’t around for village halls.”

He added that there are mixed views in the community about what should happen to the hall.

He said: “When there is another hall in the village it is not a priority for all people.

“It is a difficult one because it has been there forever and people are loathed to see it go, but it is gated off at the moment as it is not safe.

“If you respect democracy, it is best to go out to the people in the village to decide.”

A Working Group committee is now being planned to discuss the future of the hall.

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