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Southall Town Hall

Stop the sale of Southall Town Hall !

 

Southall Town Hall has been Southall's main civic building since it was opened in 1897. It now has 12-15,000 visitors annually, nearly all of whom are from ethnic minority backgrounds, often do not speak English and have many difficulties in accessing local public services.

In December 2016 Ealing Council approved a recommendation to dispose of Southall Town Hall. Ealing Council officers said that the building was running at a loss and would need a lot of investment in repair works.  Although there was no consultation with residents or users of the building, it was decided that the building was too expensive to run and had to be disposed of.

 

Ealing Council have now made it clear that they want to 'dispose' of the building by the award of a 250 year lease. The award of such a long lease means that effectively this famous public asset would cease to be a public building.

This is a community building that helps the poor and disadvantaged, provides advice, advocacy, training, employment and community services to thousands of Ealing residents annually. The Town Hall offers a space that is open to all residents regardless of race, ethnicity or faith and helps in maintaining positive community interaction.

Southall Community Alliance believes that the building can and should be managed in a different way, for the benefit of the public.

We believe that Southall Town Hall should be run as a social enterprise, providing services for residents and completely removing reliance upon the Council to finance the building in future.

This is a very important issue as Southall has sadly lost many important buildings and assets in recent years and another such loss would gravely damage the area. We hope you can support our campaign to halt any proposed sale and secure a genuine consultation with residents about the future of this wonderful historic building.

Join us on Thursday 29th June 2017 for a public meeting and 'Have your say' about the Town Hall. The meeting is open to all and will take place in Southall Town Hall, starting at 6.00 pm.

If you would like further information or have any comments please contact us at southallcommunityalliance@hotmail.com.

 

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