Status: Approved by the Council on 2 March 2010
Council’s vision for halls and community centres is:
To provide an efficient and effectively managed network of halls across the district that provides venues for people to meet and participate in the life of their communities and neighbourhoods.
The district’s network of halls consists of both community halls and privately managed halls. From a community use point of view, hall ownership makes little difference. However, the Council as a corporate body in perpetual succession may offer a more secure funding stream and governance entity than the private or community sector, which is dependent on the owner’s financial situation and other human resources to manage a facility.
Other key principles are:
The objectives of this strategy are:
The criteria outlined in the policy are intended as a guide and the merits of proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
These criteria apply to:
The application of the criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It does not apply to applications for funding or insurance grants for rural halls.
When deciding where a hall could be built, redeveloped, or divested the Council will consider the following criteria:
The Council may investigate provision of a new facility if one or more of the following criteria apply:
The Council will consider allowing halls or community centres to be built on Council land by third parties subject to any policies and processes set down in the Council’s General Policies for Council Administered Reserves or any other policies on facility development, strategic goals or priorities.
Redevelopment of hall facilities should be considered in cases where:
The merits of each proposal will be considered against these criteria on a case-by-case basis.
The Council can consider a range of divestment options including: selling a hall, demolition, using the hall for non-community purposes (provided this complies with the Reserves Act 1977) using the hall for a community partnership venture.
The Council should consider divestment in the following circumstances:
Divestment will be subject to the following policies:
This section documents key actions that have arisen from research and consultation during the community halls review. The action plan also captures issues known to officers and those raised by community feedback. It currently does not include any actions related to the final recommendations; these actions will be added once the Council has made a final decision on the options following consideration of the community’s views.
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