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Stourport town councillors to consider Civic Centre take over
STOURPORT Town Council could take over ownership and management of the town’s Civic Centre.
An “in-principle” agreement by councillors was given to the proposals at a meeting on Tuesday last week. It means the town council will look into the move and a “feasibility study” will be carried out on its behalf.
The cross-party Stourport Facilities Project Steering Group has faced “major challenges”, including securing funding, while working to transfer ownership of the centre to community use when Wyre Forest District Council moves out later this year.
The original proposal was for a holding body to manage the building on behalf of the community. Plans for the town council to take over were put forward to “try to overcome” the problems.
Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Jim Parish said it was a big step.
“We will thoroughly examine this proposal and seek professional advice as to whether this is a viable way forward.”
The steering group is seeking interest from local businesses, community groups and public sector bodies who may be interested in developing the centre’s lower ground floor.
Conservative councillor John Holden, chairman of the steering group, said: “This new development could lead to the ownership and creation of a community hub by the town council, on behalf of the people of Stourport, to preserve our hall and provide a hub for future generations.”
The Civic group, which plans to manage the civic hall and theatre, will continue to hold events at the facility including hosting live bands, extending the hire and use of the hall to the community and developing a youth theatre group.
Anyone interested in developing the ground floor should contact Liz Sheerin, Stourport Forward, by Wednesday, May 22, on 01299 822827.