A long-running dispute over the management of Chadwick End Village Hall was set to be voted upon at a poll last night (Thursday).
Built in 1907 by Alderman Watson, the hall was beqeathed to villagers in his will and a management committee was introduced in 1976 to look after the interests of residents.
The hall is owned by Balsall Parish Council who now wish to take over its daily running leaving members of the management committee fuming.
However some locals are furious over what they deem ‘one of the longest running farces in Balsall Common parish politics’ and because Balsall Common Primary School will have to close to conduct the poll.
Harry Siggs from Station Road, Balsall Common said: “ I was utterly incredulous when I heard that Balsall Common Primary School would have to close on Thursday to allow a poll to be held in connection with financing of Chadwick End village hall. I cannot believe that anyone believes that it is a good idea to cause the closure of one of the largest state primary schools,in order to debate the future of a small loss-making municipal building.”
Judy Lea, Chair of Balsall Parish Council said : “The council simply seeks to form a new formal agreement under which the Hall will be managed and that will ensure that it is run for the benefit of the residents of Chadwick End,.
Such an arrangement may mean new avenues of raising funds can be found.”