The Future of Community Facilities in Thornbury
Consultation is taking place throughout September about the future of a range of community facilities in Thornbury.
Thornbury Town Council (as Trustee of the Armstrong Hall), South Gloucestershire Council and the Trustees of Turnberries have been working together over the past six months to look at where community facilities in Thornbury could best be located in the future to support our growing community.
Together, we want to understand your views and ideas on proposals that could affect the Armstrong Hall complex, Thornbury Library, Turnberries Community Centre and the Thornbury & District Museum.
Options being considered include redeveloping and refurbishing the Armstrong Hall on its existing site or moving the facilities currently provided there into a new-build extension on the side of Turnberries. South Gloucestershire Council is also considering the potential of moving the library into Turnberries.
The options out for consultation could also affect where museum services are based in the future and so views are also being sought on this issue.
Thornbury Town Mayor, Cllr Helen Harrison, said “This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide the high quality community buildings our growing town deserves, so it is important that the whole community has a say on the future of these much loved and used facilities.”
South Gloucestershire Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism, Councillor Heather Goddard said: “We have been working with the Town Council and the community to explore a range of options around the buildings we use to deliver services to residents. I would encourage everyone to take part in this process so we can take their views into account when we need to make decisions for the future.
“We are also keen to hear from residents about whether they see potential benefits of co-locating the library service alongside Town Council and other community facilities, if they choose to go down that path. This is also an opportunity for us to listen to any issues that people may have about the idea and to identify any opportunities the public want us to consider were the library to move to a
A decision on the future of these important facilities is expected to be taken by Thornbury Town Council, Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust, South Gloucestershire Council and the Turnberries Trustees later in the Autumn. To help inform these decisions, we are seeking views from local people throughout September 2017, which will be considered as part of the decision making process.
The consultation will open on 1 September and run until 29 September 2017. We are jointly holding three consultation drop-in sessions where further information and staff will be available to answer any questions that you may have about these options and proposals. These sessions are taking place 2-7pm on:
- Tues 12 Sept 2017 at Turnberries
- Weds 13 Sept 2017 at Thornbury Library
- Thurs 14 Sept 2017 at the Armstrong Hall
Further information and a link to our online survey is available from each organisation's website or from the link below. Copies of the consultation survey can also be picked up from Thornbury Town Hall, Thornbury Library, The Armstrong Hall or Turnberries Community Centre throughout the consultation period.
You can also tell us your views by emailing below or phoning 01454 412103.