Have your say on the future of the Armstrong Hall
Improvement to the facilities currently provided at the Armstrong Hall have been a long term priority for Thornbury and the Town Council who act as sole managing trustee of the Armstrong Hall complex. In the Autumn of 2017 the Town Council and Armstrong Hall Trust undertook consultation jointly with South Gloucestershire Council on the future location of community facilities in the town that looked at how and where the library and the Armstrong Hall facilities could be based in the future. The results of the Autumn consultation are available here.
The Armstrong Hall Trust and Town Council have listened to the views expressed through the Autumn consultation and have spent the past few months undertaking further work to address the main issues raised. This consultation enables us to share with you further information and to gather your views on a new additional option which has been developed.
The current condition of the existing Armstrong Hall means that continuing with re-active repairs and maintenance will no longer be sustainable beyond the next few years. The deteriorating condition of the building and the facilities available mean that the building will become unsafe to operate, financially unviable and will not meet the needs or expectations of the community or our users.
As a result of this, the Trust and Town Council believe that a ‘Do Nothing Option’ is not viable or sustainable and is therefore committed to working with the community to raise the significant investment necessary to ensure that this valued community facility can operate and serve the needs of our growing town for at least the next 20 years. To achieve this, the Trust and Town Council are considering three options to improve the existing facilities and this consultation seeks the views of the community on which option should be progressed.
Information about the different options being considered
Three options are being considered for the future of the Armstrong Hall; rebuild, refurbish or relocate. A consultation document which explains and compares the three options is available here
The current building plans for each option are available from these links:
Ways to have your say
We are holding two consultation events in order for you to find out more and discuss these options with the Armstrong Hall Trustees and Town Councillors:
- Drop in consultation Saturday 24 February 2018, 10am to 1pm, St Mary’s Shopping Centre
- Town Public Meeting Thursday 1 March 2018, 7.30pm in the Cossham Hall
You can also tell us your views by completing our online survey: HERE
Writing to: Thornbury Town Council, Town Hall, 35 High St, Thornbury, BRISTOL, BS35 2AR
If you would like to discuss this further, please call: 01454 412103
What happens next?
We are seeking your views through this consultation and the consultation is open until 9 March 2018.
We will analyse these responses and a report will be considered by The Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust and Thornbury Town Council on 20 March 2018.
Once a decision is made as to which option is taken forward, more detailed technical work, specialist studies and surveys, business planning, detailed costings and work to further the plans will be progressed.
It is recognised that funding this level of investment into new facilities will be a challenge and once a decision is made as to which option is progressed, a detailed and tailored fundraising strategy will be developed. This will require significant community and town council support and funding, developer contributions through s106 & Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), local fundraising efforts, sponsorship and external grant funding from a variety of sources.
The Armstrong Hall Trust and Town Council is committed to involving user groups, key stakeholders and the wider community in the project and will continue to work with relevant stakeholders as the project evolves and keep the community informed.