Budleigh councillors seek advice before deciding Norman Centre future

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 November 2017

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

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The town council's public hall committee decided to seek advice from a commercial estate agent before decided what the future holds for the Norman Centre.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council is to seek advice before deciding on the future of the Norman Centre.

Last month, Age Concern vacated the Station Road facility, which forms part of the Public Hall, to move into its new home at the Budleigh Salterton Health and Wellbeing Hub.

At a meeting of the council’s public hall committee, members discussed the future of the centre.

Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt suggested the council should be looking at a long-term tenant, rather than hiring it out.

She said: “Long-term, it would be a lot better having someone in there than renting it out.

“If you’ve got someone in there that takes it over, they will be there year by year rather than week by week.”

Cllr Sismore-Hunt also said the council is going to have to pay for some work to take place at the centre before it is ready to rent out.

She added: “We are going to have to brace ourselves – we’re going to have to do some work in there. A lot of basic stuff needs working on.”

The committee agreed to seek the advice of a commercial estate agent before deciding on the centre’s future.

At the same meeting, it was agreed to spend £872 on repairing the Public Hall’s clock.

Councillors discussed a quotation from engineers Smith of Derby Ltd, which originally fitted the clocks.

In a letter to the council, the company said the cost would cover the preparation of four new ‘heavy duty’ motors and adaptor plates, as well as the fitting of the new units.

In the letter, Peter Sully, of Smith of Derby Ltd, said: “The dials were showing different times - this was due to the motors that are linked to the movement gears and one of them has failed.”

Town clerk Jo Vanstone said: “The motors are beginning to fail and there is a more heavy duty version to put in.”

Cllr Courtney Richards said: “We have got money in the budget to do this.”

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