Date set for meeting on Armstrong Hall’s future after extra proposal added to options

January 26 2018

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the future of Thornbury’s Armstrong Hall will be held within the Chapel Street complex on March 1st 2018.

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the future of Thornbury’s Armstrong Hall will be held within the Chapel Street complex on March 1st 2018.

Town leaders pledged to hold a meeting after local people called for a debate on the building, which has been Thornbury’s main performance venue for many years.

The premises are in need of significant refurbishment to allow its continued long-term use.

But two options put forward after talks between Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council, along with trustees of the Turnberries community building in Bath Road, were criticised.

One plan was to refurbish and extend the Armstrong Hall to provide changing rooms and extra multi-purpose meeting space.

The second involved building a large hall extension onto Turnberries to create a performance area with stage, changing rooms and extra community meeting space. 

Under option two, the Armstrong Hall site would be sold for redevelopment, with the proceeds used to part-fund the Turnberries’ extension.

A number of user groups and residents feared option two was a “done deal” and pressed for the public meeting.

There were also calls for a third option - to rebuild the Armstrong Hall on its current site.

That has now been added to the list with a proposal to have increased facilities, as well as retaining the Cossham Hall and town museum on the site.

It means a new period of consultation will be held in order to get people’s views, as well as holding the meeting in the Cossham Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 1.

An earlier consultation exercise took place last autumn and drew hundreds of responses, with concerns voiced about insufficient space available for performances if the Turnberries plan was pursued.

The town council said it had listened to the views of local people expressed at the time, leading to the further proposition.

It said: “The council and Armstrong Hall trustees are therefore considering three options on which we would like further views and feedback from the community.”

Work will continue to be done on plans and information ahead of the consultation starting on February 16. People will have until March 9 to make comments and a decision on which option to progress is anticipated to be taken on March 20.