Gomersal activists will submit plan for Red House and Public Hall

PLANS for a community group to take over the running of Red House and Gomersal Public Hall will be submitted to Kirklees Council next week.

The Save Red House Museum & Gomersal Public Hall Group will present its initial proposals to bring the buildings into community ownership under one charitable trust.

Following the closure of Red House in December, the council has been asking any groups who wish to take over the running of the Grade II-listed building to put forward declarations of interest.

The group has met with council officers and Coun Graham Turner, Cabinet member for museums.

It is now putting together a “community wish list” and is asking for members of the public to have their say on what they would like a charitable trust to provide.

A spokesman for the group said: “As we continue with our plan to bring these sites into community ownership, we have now reached the stage where we need to know what local people want them to actually provide. This is of course one of the most important elements of our plans and it is essential that people are involved.

“There are several buildings and a large outdoor area, all of which could deliver many new local amenities for Gomersal and the surrounding areas.

“Clearly, finance will be a factor, but what we are really seeking to do at this stage is determine what is needed most by local people so we can prioritise resources.”

The group says initial thoughts have been based around reducing social isolation, improving children’s lives, giving teenagers a place to socialise and helping existing community groups.

The spokesman added: “In order for the buildings to have a secure and vibrant future, a commercial element to generate income will be required.” Any suggestions for the group to consider can be sent to rhm_gph@outlook. com.

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