D-day on Armstrong Hall future

March 26 2018

A DECISION on the future of the Armstrong Hall complex was set to be decided as Thornbury Voice went to press.

A DECISION on the future of the Armstrong Hall complex was set to be decided as Thornbury Voice went to press.

A public meeting held to allow people to speak out on three options for the hall heard calls for that decision to be delayed.

The meeting was held as part of a three-week public consultation exercise, which also involved  information displays and a consultation drop-in event.

People were asked their views on three options - a rebuild costing £4.9 million, a refurbishment estimated to cost £2.85 million or relocating the facilities to the Turnberries community building in Bath Road.

The Armstrong Hall is in desperate need of an upgrade if it is to remain the town’s main performance venue.

When local people were originally asked for their opinions, hundreds responded and 75 per cent of them said they preferred facilities to remain in the current location in Chapel Street.

Trustees and town councillors also favour retaining and improving the Armstrong Hall facilities on its present site.

Members of the town council and the Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust were due to make a decision on the building on March 20.