Hersham Village Hall To Reopen in 2020
Hersham Village Hall To Reopen in 2020
Update September 2019
Following last nights meeting of the full Elmbridge Borough Council Cabinet where the decision to re-open the Hersham Village Hall next year was to be debated and confirmed it was extremely disappointed to see Liberal Democrat Cllr for Claygate Mary Marshall argue against, and refusing to support, the reopening of The Hersham Village Hall as planned next year (a view supported in her absence by Liberal Democrat Cllr for Walton South Christine Elmer).
This was followed by a very strong performance and robust defence by Cllr Roy Green of the promise and commitment made to Hersham residents, following numerous public meetings and a public consultation where Hersham residents made abundantly clear that their overriding desire was to see the Hersham Village Hal open as a matter of urgency.
Thank you also to Cllr Tannia Shipley who spoke passionately in support of the community value both the Hersham Village Hall and the attached Day Centre, which would also fall victim, should the cabinet fail to approve reopening as promised.
Update March 2019
Following consultation with Hersham residents in January 2019, the Hersham Village Hall councillor group, made up of Hersham ward councillors, as well as councillors representing community and social affairs, resources and leisure and culture, has considered the responses carefully and has agreed to recommend to Elmbridge Borough Council the re-opening of Hersham Village Hall.
Hersham ward councillors expressed the overwhelming wish of Hersham residents which was for the village hall to be re-opened. The responses from residents also made it very clear that, although affordable housing was needed and wanted, Hersham has recently had more than its share of new developments.
Accordingly, at the Hersham Village Hall councillor group meeting on 12 March, it was agreed unanimously to listen to the Hersham residents and to progress the plans to re-open Hersham Village Hall.
The Council will now work out detailed proposals to re-open the hall and report to the Cabinet in July 2019 so that funding can be secured. It is thought this will be a 12-18 month project, meaning the hall will reopen in 2020.
Cllr James Browne, the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council said; “Hersham residents have made it very clear that they want their village hall to be re-opened and we have listened to them.”
Hersham Village Hall – Consultation
Elmbridge Council have today (January 4th) opened up a ‘Community Survey’ to hear your views on what facilities Hersham needs for the Hersham Community site which comprises of the Hersham village hall, the Hersham Centre for the Community and the public car park.
The survey will be open till January the 25th* after which the results will be reviewed and possible options for the site developed for a further consultation with the Hersham community in late winter, early spring 2019.
*now extended to the 28th January
Having just completed the survey myself it took less than 5 minutes with 4 or 5 straight forward questions and some additional comments fields.
Very clear, quick and simple to complete (Surrey County Council take note!)
To complete the survey please click the link directly below:
A paper version of the survey will also be sent to all Hersham residents.Paper copies can also be completed at the Hersham Centre for the Community and the Hersham Library.
Additional support to complete the survey will be available on the following locations / dates:
- Hersham Centre for the Community – Friday 11 January 10.30 – 11.30am
- Hersham Centre for the Community – Monday 14 January 5pm to 7pm
- Hersham Library – Tuesday 15 January, 3.30pm-4.30pm
From the Community Survey page:
“The Hersham Centre for the Community and hall site are now over thirty years old. The village hall is closed due to its condition, as well as concerns regarding health and safety. However, following investment in 2017 the Hersham Centre for the Community is open and actively used.
At Elmbridge Borough Council we believe there is the potential to provide enhanced, fit for purpose community space on this site and to also consider other uses including social, health, housing and leisure. With this in mind, we have commissed a feasibility study to consider a wide range of options for the site.
However, before we start on any project, we would like to listen to you and to understand your needs through the following questionnaire. Please note all options are being considered for this site, including a refurbishment and reopen option for the village hall.”
From Elmbridge Borough Council:
Councillor Tim Oliver, Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, is keen to hear from the Hersham community; “This is an important issue for the people of Hersham. As I have been talking to people over these last few months, they have told me of the value they place on their community and the facilities within it. I encourage everyone who lives, works and visits Hersham to complete the survey and let us know your views.”
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