Hall in our plans

Vicar of St Chad's Rev. Martin Keighley and chairman John Bailie.

Vicar of St Chad's Rev. Martin Keighley and chairman John Bailie.

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A parochial church council has said it has every intention to have a community hall on its land, despite concerns its current hall could be demolished.

Fears have been raised that St Chad’s Church Hall, in Poulton, could be lost if it is forced to close for good due to insurance reasons.

A meeting between Wyre Council, St Chad’s parochial church council (PCC) and members of Concerned Residents of Poulton (CROP) discussed proposals on the future of the church hall on Vicarage Lane.

Now the PCC is set to look at its options on whether to demolish and rebuild a hall or redevelop the community facility.

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson agreed to chair the meeting following a public gathering last month.

He said: “I consider it a positive meeting.

“Two things were made absolutely clear. One is the church is committed to have some sort of community facility there, there’s no details but they want a church hall there.

“They’re also committed to looking at all options - that includes whether to keep the hall as it is or look for a new hall.”

The initial community meeting was called, held by CROP in Cube Bar, Poulton, after it was announced the hall would have to close at the end of this month after insurers declared it unfit for purpose and said public liability insurance could not be renewed.

Rev Martin Keighley, vicar of St Chad’s Church, confirmed the PCC will be meeting tomorrow night and is open to holding another meeting when there is more to discuss.

The PCC has said it has reports from surveyors to look at before it can make a decision on the future of the hall.

John Bailie, a member of CROP, said: “The meeting was generally positive but there is much to progress.”

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