No decision will be made regarding the transfer of the Town Hall at the Brixham Town Council meeting to be held on Thursday, December 15 members of the Asset Management Group agreed on Friday, December 2. Members thought that there was insufficient definitive information available at present on which to base such an important decision.
Brixham Town Council will discuss the Town Hall transfer at its next council meeting. Torbay Council agreed in October to transfer the Town Hall to Brixham Town Council, subject to negotiations and a possible peppercorn lease.
Councillor Martyn Hodge said: “Members of the working group are all ultra cautious and want to ensure that the town hall will not be a loss making venture for the residents.
“Negotiations are still continuing with Torbay Council and we feel it is too early to make a final decision. We don’t want to burden residents with an increase in precept, and there is an element of double taxation in this if Brixham takes over its Town Hall. We will not proceed without all the possible information that we can gather”.”
Councillor Mike Morey said: “Investigations into the viability of the town hall are continuing and we want to ensure that discussions also take place with the existing users.
“The likes of Brixham Does Care, who offer a valuable service to Brixham, currently use the town hall and we want to ensure that their needs are accommodated under the proposed transfer.”
The Asset Management Group hopes that all investigations, negotiations and discussions will be finalised in time for a decision to be made at the January 26 town council meeting.