Christchurch Druitt Hall takeover is agreed

Druitt Hall The dilapidated hall closed at the end of March

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A community hall which closed after planners ruled it was "no longer fit for purpose" is to be refurbished and run by a community group.

Druitt Hall in Christchurch, which was built to mark the Queen's coronation, closed in March 2013.

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed to grant a three-year lease to the Christchurch Citizens Association (CCA).

The group is expected to take over the hall from 1 September.

Nigel Cook of the CCA said: "We look forward to making the hall a successful community facility."

Due to the age and dilapidated state of the building, it was initially recommended for demolition.

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