Constantine Cornwall

Please take part in the Church Hall Survey

Please complete the Church Hall Survey, and drop the completed form off in one of the collection boxes, to be found at the Spar and the Stores. The findings of the survey will be reported back to the Parish Council. Thank you.

The Church community has given up its lease of the Church Hall, with the aim that many of the activities that took place in the Hall will now take place in the Church, in addition to its continuing role as a place of worship. There are significant changes planned to the interior of the Church to allow this to happen. The Church Hall is owned by the Diocese of Truro, and it is likely that they will try to sell the building and its associated car park. There have been plans circulating recently that show the Church Hall potentially being redeveloped as residential accommodation, with a new enlarged car park being constructed in the field below the ‘green’.

Early in 2020 the Parish Council successfully nominated the Church Hall as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. The consequence of this is that should the Diocese put the Church Hall up for sale, there is a requirement for the sale to be delayed by six months if there is community interest in buying the Hall. There is no preferential treatment – the required delay is simply to allow a community group to raise funds. They would then compete in an open market with others interested in the property.

At the last Parish Council meeting it was proposed that there should be a survey of the local community to establish whether people felt the loss of the Church Hall mattered, given that other spaces are available, including the Social Club, the WI Hall, the Tolmen Centre, and of course the remodelled interior of the Church. The benefit of a survey was agreed, and the Transition Group undertook to carry it out. A key aim of the survey is to establish whether there are ideas for new community functions that the Hall might support, other than being a general multi-function ‘space’.

Robin Curtis