Al­ter­na­tive plan for Memo­rial Hall

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Dear Editor, Whilst the rec­om­men­da­tion from the Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil to de­mol­ish the Fin­ley War Memo­rial Hall is no longer on the ta­ble, and goes some way to full re­ten­tion of the FWMH, we are deeply con­cerned that the pro­posed plan op­tion three will not meet with the reg­u­la­tions that gov­ern the School of Arts and FWMH.

Firstly the idea of re­mov­ing the an­nex and all toi­lets to be re­placed by a small set of three toi­lets in front of the only ex­ter­nal fire es­cape egress we feel sure will be in breach of fire and safety reg­u­la­tions, to­gether with block­ing off the ser­vice door to the kitchen.

Our en­quiries to date have shown this to be the case yet there are a num­ber of other is­sues that would need to be dealt with. Two com­mit­tees un­der the reg­u­la­tions are not per­mis­si­ble nor are any two events be­ing held si­mul­ta­ne­ously in both halls.

The FWMH is a ded­i­cated and reg­is­tered War Memo­rial, as such grants are avail­able to carry out re­pairs to the Hall but not for de­mo­li­tion pur­poses.

The re­moval of the toi­lets and an­nex will ren­der the hall to be in a non-func­tion­ing state with a fur­ther risk of a rapid down­grade. No public fa­cil­ity can be with­out san­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties, nor can any fire es­cape be im­peded.

We are now look­ing at two op­tions — do noth­ing or adopt our op­tion whereby the an­nex is re­con­structed us­ing a steel fab­ri­ca­tion adding suit­able cladding, new toi­lets and store­rooms at the rear of the halls, to­gether with sev­eral uni­sex toi­lets to be built in the area be­hind the kitchen which co­in­ci­den­tally hap­pens to be the same size as the ladies toi­lets in ex­is­tence, which should re­main and be fur­ther up­graded.

Whilst we wel­come the ad­vances made by the Coun­cil in de­cid­ing not to de­mol­ish the FWMH, we feel there is still a long way to go be­fore an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion can be reached. We would also wel­come a mod­erni­sa­tion of the kitchen in time.

Yours etc, Pa­tri­cia Boyd Save the Fin­ley War Memo­rial Hall As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary

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