The people of a small Derbyshire Dales village are the proud new owners of a community venue after it was transferred to their control for the princely sum of just £1.
Ownership of Tansley Community Hall is to be transferred to the local parish council after being owned by Derbyshire Dales District Council and its predecessor authority, Matlock Urban District Council, for more than 90 years.
The 128-year-old building in the village’s Church Street has been used down the years as a youth club and recreational centre and is currently booked on a regular basis by the Brownies, a mother and toddler group, a sewing group, exercise and yoga classes and local theatre groups.
Joe Woods, chairman of the Tansley Community Hall Management Committee, said: “Tansley Parish Council and the Community Hall Management Committee would like to thank Derbyshire Dales District Council for transferring the building to the parish.
“Once the building is legally transferred the Management Committee will apply for charitable status and start a fundraising campaign to even further improve the facilities.
“The building is in reasonably good shape for its age and we are very proud of it - and it now belongs to all the people of Tansley!”
Mr Woods said the venue, which will be available for hire, had a ‘lovely, light filled room’ as its main space plus a small well-furbished kitchen and a garden area at the back.
The building, which is valued at around £150,000, will be given to the parish council after the district council’s Governance & Resources Committee accepted a business plan on Thursday for a group of villagers to operate the hall on the parish council’s behalf ‘to its full potential’ for community use.
Back in 2012, the parish was offered a 25-year lease of the building for just £1 a year, but the parish refused to sign until a number of condition surveys were undertaken at the district’s cost.
These have all since been carried out, with no significant issues being identified.