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Tuesday 1 May 2012

Nantwich Civic Hall transfers to local control


One of Nantwich’s major assets is now under the ownership of the town council.

As part of Cheshire East Council’s programme of transfer and devolution of assets and services, Nantwich Civic Hall will now be managed and maintained by Nantwich Town Council following productive talks between the two authorities, which concluded today.

Efforts are now under way to complete the remainder of agreed transfers, such as Nantwich Market Hall and some of the town’s allotment sites, in a phased fashion.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “We are pleased to note that Nantwich Town Council is taking a sensible, phased approach to the handover of assets and services.

“These are major buildings and features of the town and all handovers must be carefully handled.

“I am confident that Nantwich Civic Hall will be successfully managed by the town council and we believe it is best placed to run the facility for the benefit of the people of Nantwich.”

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member with responsibility for resources, added: “This is great news for Nantwich.

“Cheshire East Council is mindful that all town and parish councils need to be in a fit and proper position before they can hit the ground running with the transfer of assets and services and we continue to work positively with them.”

Nantwich town councillors voted to also take charge of the indoor and outdoor markets and the public toilets in the market, in Barony Park and on Snow Hill car park. Allotment sites are also being passed to the town council.

Both Cheshire East and Nantwich Town councils are committed to the move – which is in keeping with the Government’s localism agenda.

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