Fears over City Hall future

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Brechiners have fired off a letter to Angus Council to get clarity over the future of the City Hall, after reports that it will close on April 1.

Concerns over the future of the Hall were last week prompting an informal meeting to be called by the City of Brechin and District Community Council.

The meeting was deemed necessary as there had been “great concern raised” by City Hall users who had been unable to make any bookings after March 31.

Following the meeting a letter, signed by Derek Harper (Convener of City of Brechin and District Community Council), Bill Sturrock (Chair of Brechin and Area Partnership), Gordon Smith (President of Opus Theatre Club), Councillor Bob Myles, Councillor Jim Houston and Councillor Mairi Evans, stated “the city hall will effectively be closed on April 1 due to lack of funds” and had been done “without consultation with elected members or the community”.

The letter said: “City Hall is a Common Good Fund property and the council act as stewards, so any major change in circumstances should properly be undertaken under the scrutiny, and with the approval of, the public and/or their legitimate representatives.”

The letter also asked the council for a statement to clarify who made the decision to close the City Hall, the future of the City Hall, the process of consultation regards the running of the City Hall by Angus Alive and why it’s been discarded by them.

Angus Council has said that they want to work with the community to continue community use.

A spokesman for the local authority said: “We are seeking a meeting with members of the local community to discuss the options for the operation of Brechin City Hall and we hope this can happen next week.

“It is our intention to work with the local residents to try and establish a position where community use of the hall can continue.”