Floral Hall in Hornsea given six-month reprieve

Campaigners have been given six months to come up with a plan to save a 99-year-old entertainment venue in an East Yorkshire town.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council wants to spend £1.2m demolishing the Floral Hall in Hornsea and turning the site into a car park.

The authority's cabinet rejected a recommendation to approve the plans.

Its members instead gave residents time to come up with a plan to take over the venue as a community-led trust.

Independent councillor Barbara Jefferson, who represents Hornsea and campaigned to save the hall, said: "We have done it. Everybody's so excited.

"Hornsea can do anything, anything it wants to do.

"We have got the people, we have got the expertise, we have got the wonderful people in theatre. It'll be fantastic. I can't wait for us to get started."

Image caption Campaigners had held several protests against the council's plan

Campaigners from the Save Our Floral Hall group had travelled in coaches to protest outside the cabinet meeting.

Local amateur dramatic groups feared the hall's closure would put their futures at risk.

Susanne Crombleholme, of Hornsea Amateur Theatre Society, said: "There's no other building in Hornsea that will be suitable for us to put on our performances.

"People just think it's a little hall that serves a town and it doesn't matter but it does."

'Dilapidated state'

The Floral Hall is due to celebrate its centenary in July next year.

When the Conservative-led council announced plans to demolish the hall it said it was in a "dilapidated state" and running at a loss.

Council leader Stephen Parnaby said: "I'm delighted that the community's coming together. What they need to do now is come forward with the business plan.

"What we have said is that the council will help them with that, not only give them resources to help them achieve that but also help them with the funding as well.

"In fairness this is the last-chance saloon. It's gone on eight years we really need a decision on this."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites