Community council give update on City Hall talks

Brechin's City Hall
Brechin's City Hall

The City of Brechin and District Community Council has published an update on the City Hall situation following a closed doors meeting with Angus Council.

The report of the meeting, which took place on March 8 with representatives from various community groups, was shared on the community council’s Facebook page.

It stated that “at no point” was it aware that the discussion was to relate to an offer of a community lease for the City Hall.

The post outlined details of what was being offered by the local authority.

The community council stated: “Angus Council will pay 50 per cent of the running costs of City Hall, which amounts to roughly £12,500, and will cover the cost of utilities (within reason).

“Angus Council will carry out repairs to City Hall.

“The community would be responsible for the day-to-day running of City Hall, take bookings, open and close and promote City Hall to best utilise the property. All profits would be kept by the community leaseholders.

“The length of the lease is negotiable, with the suggestion being one year initially with the option to end the lease earlier if wanted.

“It was suggested that the lease would be a nominal non-collected £1.

“Alan McKeown [Angus council’s communities directorate] has agreed that himself and technical officers from property services will assess the state of the building and furnishings.

The post ended with a note that the offer needs to be looked at “positively” and to think of “the potential for City Hall”.

The post finished: “The reality is that Angus Council will close City Hall and that this is our only chance to save it.”

The meeting on March 8 was attended by representatives of various groups, and the Community Council explained on their Facebook page that the working group will gather as much information as possible, adding: “This will be shared at a public meeting so that the community can be fully involved in the decision making process.”

Plans are still in place to hold a public meeting, with a date set to be shared once details have been finalised.

A spokesman for Angus Council said: “We held a constructive meeting with members of the community council and have agreed to follow that up with information and a walk through the hall.

“The council has offered to assist the community council in their efforts to develop a community run option and we are determined to make this as straightforward for the community as possible. This would include some financial and professional support.”