Search

Beccles Town Council’s takeover of Blyburgate Hall, car park and ambulance station nears resolution

PUBLISHED: 16:35 21 September 2017

Blyburgate Hall and ambulance statio, Beccles.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Blyburgate Hall and ambulance statio, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2017

The future of a popular public space looks certain to have been settled after an agreement was put in place for it to be taken over by the town council.

Blyburgate Hall and ambulance statio, Beccles.
Picture: Nick Butcher Blyburgate Hall and ambulance statio, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Blyburgate Hall in Beccles had previously been home to the town’s unit of the St John Ambulance, however after it was unable to secure a new leader, it folded.

In February 2016 it was agreed that the hall would be handed back to the town, with Beccles Town Council agreeing to take it over.

This is now within touching distance of becoming a reality, after the engrossments for the transfer were signed at a council meeting this week.

As part of the agreement, the council has also purchased Blyburgate car park and the former ambulance station.

Richard Stubbings, mayor of Beccles, said: “We will now be keeping the hall and running it in the trust of the people of Beccles.

“The hall is very well used - there always seems to be somebody in there, almost every day, and it would have been a very big loss if anything would have happened to it.”

The council will now begin considering how to use the car park and ambulance station, however Mr Stubbings insists at least part of the site will still be dedicated to parking.

He said: “Whatever is decided about the car park and ambulance station we will certainly make sure the hall still has parking available - particularly disabled parking.

“We have to look into what the town’s needs are, and what the council’s needs are. It is an exciting time for us as a council and we have to look at where we are.”

The hall, which serves the community in a number of ways, including hosting Spotlight theatre group and zumba classes, will continue to be run in the same manner, only under the council’s ownership.

Mr Stubbings added: “We have no plans of changing anything with regards to how the hall is run, though there will probably be need for renovations at some stage. We have got a lot of thoughts about the car park and ambulance station, but nothing has been decided yet. Everything is on the table, however, there will always be car parking available for the hall.”

Other popular content

Treacherous conditions caused by snow and ice have led to a series of incidents on the roads today.

Drivers are facing travel delays as Norfolk wakes up to freezing temperatures.

Yesterday, 17:32

Motorists are being warned to be careful as they wake up to icy conditions on Tuesday morning.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The parents of a six-year-old boy, who died from meningitis B, are campaigning for a vaccination programme to be rolled out to all children.

Most Read

Treacherous conditions caused by snow and ice have led to a series of incidents on the roads today.

Read more
Suffolk police

Drivers are facing travel delays as Norfolk wakes up to freezing temperatures.

Read more
Met Office
Yesterday, 17:32

Motorists are being warned to be careful as they wake up to icy conditions on Tuesday morning.

Read more
Sunday, December 10, 2017

The parents of a six-year-old boy, who died from meningitis B, are campaigning for a vaccination programme to be rolled out to all children.

Read more
Therese Coffey
Yesterday, 08:04

An elderly driver escaped injury after his car came off the A143 near Gillingham.

Read more
Norfolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 2°C

min temp: -0°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter