North Somerset Council seeks volunteers to run hall in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 February 2017

North Somerset Council wants to relinquish control of Avon Way Hall.

North Somerset Council wants to relinquish control of Avon Way Hall.


North Somerset Council wants to find a community partner and volunteers to run Avon Way Hall in Portishead.

The building is used for activities including dance and martial arts classes, but the council wants to ‘transfer the asset’ and no longer run the site.

The council said it would prefer to look for a partner and save cash, than close the hall.

However, the announcement has come as a big surprise to Portishead Town Council.

Its chairman Lesley Cottrell said: “I was completely shocked to see this notice posted on North Somerset Council’s website as absolutely no consultation has taken place with the town council. I am also deeply concerned that one of the alternatives listed for consideration is to close the facility.

“I think it is important the public are consulted in a proper manner before any decisions are made and hope in view of this Cllr Felicity Baker will delay making a decision until public consultation has taken place.”

The Times asked Cllr Baker to explain the advantages of the proposal, but no reply was received before going to press.

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