Newdegate Town Hall capacity halved due to public toilet requirements
Maximum capacity at the Newdegate Town Hall has been halved from 300 to 150 people after the hall was found to fall short of public toilet requirements.
Newdegate Town Hall was built in 1967 with only one upgrade, at the lesser hall, taking place over the past 54 years.
With minimal maintenance, the building has started to fall into disrepair.
As recently as 2019, it was used by the Newdegate Gymnastics Club and Newdegate Netball Club with an insurance claim submitted for water damage to the lesser hall in May 2019.
At last month’s meeting, the council voted to reduce the maximum capacity and undertake community consultation for the future of the hall.
This consultation will follow centenary celebrations next year.
“With how old the building is it appears to be in reasonable condition for its age ... it will require more and more invasive maintenance work going forward,” the officer’s report from last month’s council meeting reads.
“Additionally it was observed that the Newdegate public hall does not fulfil the available toilet requirements to have 300 persons max occupancy.”
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