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Council discuss Rifle Hall

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 07:57 01 August 2010

HALESWORTH continued concern about Waveney's management of the Rifle Hall again came under discussion at Monday's town council meeting.

The district council, which has admitted that it had neglected the hall over the years, is now proposing to close it.

HALESWORTH continued concern about Waveney's management of the Rifle Hall again came under discussion at Monday's town council meeting.

The district council, which has admitted that it had neglected the hall over the years, is now proposing to close it. But councillors said they had not received a report of the meeting they had with the district council. They heard that Waveney officials would be meeting the Charity Commission on Tuesday, but Halesworth's had asked that a town council representative should be present only for Waveney to refuse the request, members heard.

The feeling of the meeting was that it was all too little too late, as Waveney had done virtually nothing to maintain the hall since they took it over in 1974. Now it had asked that the town council present a number of questions to residents concerning the hall, but councillors considered that it was Waveney's responsibility to do this especially as there was a cost involved.

Douglas Mizon reported that Halesworth Business Connections had a very successful Breakfast meeting at The Angel, with 31 people heard a talk the Safer Neighbourhood Scheme.

In the police report the council heard there had been just nine crimes in the town during January, compared with 22 in January last year. There was concern about dog fouling, and the police are to be told. Councillors were also concerned that some people were parking all day in the Market Place despite a limit of one hour, and will ask the police to monitor the situation.

A letter is to be sent to Suffolk County Council concerning the planned formation of Community Boards - members felt their status on them would be less than other members of the board which they felt had the potential for becoming a quango. As it concerned devolved budget, that role should be taken by the Town Council.

Councillors were dissatisfied that they had not received a report on school reorganisation, even though there had been a press release so they had read it in the papers.

An information leaflet gave inaccurate information about the closure on February 27 of the A144 Stone Street, the Bungay straight, for bridge repairs at Spexhall. They noted that the leaflet stated that it was the B144 and gave the wrong numbers of the bus services, which would be affected.

Councillors are calling for clarification concerning the possible sale of land at the Middle School even though Sport England was against the sale of playing fields.

Alan Holzer asked for it to be made clear that 106 money from the development of the old Ridgeons' site in Quay Street should be clearly a priority for pathway lighting in the park especially, as this would be of benefit to the residents on the development.

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