DOUBTS over the future of Dolywern’s community hall have resulted in the resignation of a local councillor.
David Cooper took on the deputy chairman mantel of the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall committee following the sudden resignation of its chairman in June, last year.
Further resignations have resulted in Glyntraian Community Council taking responsibility for the building.
But following a “heated” discussion regarding the future of the hall, Mr Cooper announced his decision to stand down from both his committee and council positions.
Mr Cooper said: “The paper which outlines two possible ways forward or a third choice which was to continue as before was hotly debated.
“It reached a total impasse and as a result it was pretty obvious we were not going to get anywhere without me shutting up shop and walking away.”
But despite the issue, Mr Cooper said he was still in support of the hall which he said has secured a string of bookings and is vital to the community.
Questioning how long the situation could continue, he continued: “The hall is without a chairman, deputy chairman, secretary or treasurer, afloat but without a captain or crew in charge. The hall needs to find and develop a new management team, one that can build on its history and take it into the future.
“The building is sound, it has had considerable money spent on it, but does need a few more tweeks. There are bookings and it is very accessible with a large car park, known at times to have accommodated some 80 cars if the space and its adjacent overflow are properly used.”
The original hall was launched with a fund in 1949 and when it opened its doors provided a 250 audience theatre, changing rooms, games room, kitchen, committee room and small room known as the ‘annex’.
It underwent a refurbishment programme in 2011 following a drop in bookings has seen double glazing installed throughout, the roof and walls insulated and an upgrade of the toilets. Solar panels have also been installed and the kitchen was transformed after £1,000 was raising by the Glyn Ceiriog and Castle Mill Women’s Institute.
David R. E. Lloyd, clerk to the Glyntraian Community Council, said Mr Cooper had resigned at “his privilege”, but refused to comment further on the matter.
He added the authority would now follow Government guidelines to introduce new councillors.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the hall should contact the council’s clerk on 01691 718080.
LEFT: David Cooper, in front of the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall in Dolywern last year. HD060912