Politics

Coupar Angus Town Hall to remain closed until at least October

Coupar Angus Town Hall is to remain closed until at least the end of October this year, according to Perth and Kinross Council.

The historic listed building closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, thousands of pounds-worth of work had already been identified as being needed to allow the building to operate safely in future.

A budget of £200,000 was agreed to carry out work required at the hall to facilitate its re-opening at a council committee meeting in November last year.

This work includes essential window repairs and replacement, essential repairs to roof and rainwater goods, as well as the replacement of boiler plant and equipment and alterations to the heating system.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “During summer 2020, an assessment of the hall identified a need for essential repairs to the fabric of the building and a new heating system, to allow the facility to re-open safely.

“A request for the required investment was considered and approved at the strategic policy and resources committee in November.

“The funding will be available to invest during the 2022/23 financial year.

“Consequently, and unfortunately, the hall will need to remain closed until the works are completed.”

The spokesperson added: “The works required to Coupar Angus Town Hall to facilitate its re-opening include essential window repairs and replacement, essential repairs to roof and rainwater goods, replacement of boiler plant and equipment and alterations to the heating system.

“The budget approved to complete the proposed essential maintenance works is £200,000, which is available from April 2022/23.

“Detailed design works will commence from this date and submissions will be made for all statutory approvals to enable the works to commence on site.

“It is anticipated that the works will be complete by October 31, 2022.

“This proposed timescale is subject to all approvals being in place and no further restrictions around Covid-19.”

The council also said that in the three years before the coronavirus pandemic, £125,700 had been spent on Coupar Angus Town Hall.

This covered carrying out asbestos surveys and removal work and the installation of new fire alarm and emergency lighting systems.

And they said that the level of future investment in Coupar Angus Town Hall would be decided following “further engagement with the community.”

A public consultation on the town hall was launched in 2019 by the local authority as part of a review of the use of all the community halls it has responsibility for.

Residents were asked to complete a short survey so staff could gather “basic information about the use of the hall by the local community”.

PKC said at the time “significant funding” was required to bring the hall “up to acceptable standards” and the review would help its staff assess whether the funding required for its repair would be “money well spent”.

In its most recent statement, the PKC spokesperson said: “The level of future investment in Coupar Angus Town Hall will be determined following further engagement with the community.

“This will allow further discussions around the type of services that the community would like to see delivered from Coupar Angus Town Hall and other community facilities.”




Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

close