THE FUTURE of Alcester’s Greig Hall site looks bright as new owner Stratford District Council prepares to start a long-awaited refurbishment.
Council chiefs officially take possession of the neglected site – which includes a memorial hall and leisure centre – on Friday (January 31) following a lengthy legal battle with the former Greig Trustees
The memorial hall closed in 2013 after proving ‘financially unviable’ and residents raised a petition calling for the trustees to hand ownership to the council so it could be re-opened for community use.
The site will transfer to the council in full settlement of a debt of around £800,000, given to the trustees by the council in 2005 to run leisure and recreational facilities.
The leisure centre – which has continued its operation – will be run by Everyone Active, which manages other council-owned leisure centres in the district.
And council chiefs will close the building throughout February to carry out ‘essential health and safety works’ and refurbish the centre.
Groups and members who use the site will be offered the use of other leisure facilities run by Everyone Active during the closure.
District council leader Tony Jefferson said: “It is unfortunate that we are having to close the site, but our priorities are public safety and using the closure to improve the leisure facilities on site. Closing the site for a short time kills two birds with one stone.”
The centre will close at 4pm on Friday January 31 and reopen on Monday March 2.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the use or membership of the centre.