I tried. I organised an open day, Council advertised for expressions of interest to lease but sadly not one response. Since the closure of the Drama Club the hall has barely been used. Even when the motion to sell was proposed we did not receive a single reaction from the public.
Costs far exceeded income and it does not make financial sense to sink money into an unused asset.
It is a lovely hall and I hope it will retain its character.
There is a silver lining..... I will be moving a motion at the May council meeting that "funds from the proceeds of the sale will only be used for community infrastructure projects" - so at least the value of our community assets is retained. Maybe the money will be used to improve another hall, or a sporting facility - who knows!
Sale of Rowella Hall deferred due to a sudden resurgence of interest from the community.
Council today decided to defer the sale of the hall on the proviso that a Special Committee of Council is set up to run the hall according to the rules. It is encouraging to see that there are now sufficient number of residents interested in forming this committee.
We’re looking forward to great things.