Wellingborough’s Glamis Hall transferred to community group to run

Members of Glamis Hall For All with Cllr Paul Bell at the last meeting
Members of Glamis Hall For All with Cllr Paul Bell at the last meeting

Councillors have unanimously agreed that a popular day centre which had been due to close will be transferred to the community.

Community group Glamis Hall For All applauded as members of Wellingborough Council confirmed that the freehold of the building would be transferred to them after the council stops running services from there at the end of the year.

It was also at tonight’s meeting confirmed that the group would be given a one-off capital grant of up to £250,000 to help repair and refurbish the 40-year-old building.

The group now hopes to reopen the centre in the spring.

About 40 people attended the council meeting to hear the final instalment in an issue that’s been ongoing since the beginning of the summer.

The council agreed in June to close the building as it was no longer fit for purpose, and running the discretionary day care service was unaffordable and not properly meeting clients’ needs.

Campaigners then gathered a 10,000 signature petition opposing the closure and, after weeks of talks with the council, the Glamis Hall For All group presented a business plan explaining how they could run the building as a community hub if it was transferred to them.

A special meeting of the resources committee was held on November 19 to discuss the business plan.

After a short debate, the committee unanimously recommended that the freehold transfer and the grant of up to £250,000 go ahead.

The recommendation was confirmed at a meeting of the full council tonight (Tuesday).

As the recommendation was agreed, council leader Cllr Paul Bell said: “I’d like to thank the campaigners that have worked so hard to get this far.

“There’s still a lot more work to do but I’d like to move the recommendation that Glamis Hall is transferred to Glamis Hall for All as of tonight.

“I congratulate the group and on behalf of the whole council wish them every success.”

Speaking after the meeting, chairman of Glamis Hall For All Heather Saunders said: “It feels fantastic, I am really pleased.

“There’s going to be lots of hard work, fundraising and finding volunteers and staff, but then it’s all for the people that go there.

“That was the whole point of this, to keep their whole community together.

“We will be able to refurbish the building.

“It’s a bit tired, but we hope to make it a very nice place to be, even nicer than it was then, and we hope the Queensway community can share in it with us.”