A trust has been set up in the Colne Valley to help bring a historic Marsden venue under community control.
The new Marsden Community Trust was launched by avid supporters of the campaign to help take over the ownership and running of the village’s Mechanics Hall from Kirklees Council following agreement to submit a community asset transfer bid last December.
This followed the council’s announcement that it intended to dispose of large parts of its property portfolio, including the hall.
People are now needed to help quicken the process and have a key role in deciding the shape of the building’s future use by applying to become trustees. The trustees will be decided at the Trust’s first public meeting on Monday, November 24 at 7.30pm in the hall which those already involved in the campaign hope will attract a strong turnout to help turn their bid into a reality.
Project manager for Marsden Mechanics Barney Stevenson said: “The new organisation is being set up in readiness to take ownership of the hall by asset transfer from the current owners and we’d like interested people to apply to stand for election as trustees.
“A good turnout at the meeting of supporters and individuals willing to become trustees is essential. We are asking for prospective trustees to apply in advance so that information on candidates is available to inform people’s voting at the meeting.
“At it we will also give details about feedback received in the recent consultation that we carried out.”
People who attend will also be able to find out up to date news about the future of library services in Marsden and across Kirklees following news of a massive funding axe.
The village library is one of two which are expected to be run through community-owned buildings, along with Meltham’s.
Anyone interested in putting their name forward as a trustee can express their interest via an online form at www.bit.ly/marsdencommunitytrust , where they can also find details about the consultation report and the draft constitution for the trust, and on paper at marsden mechanics hall.