Stoke & Staffordshire

Calls for community hall funding in Stoke

More than 3,100 people have signed a petition calling for Stoke-on-Trent City Council to put some funds into community halls to keep them running.

The Labour-run council has called for community groups to take on the responsibility and costs of several halls to save them from closure.

The council, which approved budget cuts of £24m in February, said the policy was necessary during "difficult times".

But the campaigners have called for "a sensible subsidy" for each hall.

The petition, which goes before the council on Thursday, calls for the authority to "look again at the policy of withdrawing all subsidies from the council-owned community halls".

It also asks councillors to continue working with individual committees to agree a "sensible subsidy for each hall so that they continue to deliver a voluntary service to their communities".

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