Village hall future secure

PUBLISHED: 09:27 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009

THE future of a village hall at the centre of a debate over rent and the lease of the building is a step closer to being secured. Welwyn Parish Council and Welwyn Hatfield Council, who own the lease of Welwyn Civic Centre have agreed on a new rental fee

THE future of a village hall at the centre of a debate over rent and the lease of the building is a step closer to being secured.

Welwyn Parish Council and Welwyn Hatfield Council, who own the lease of Welwyn Civic Centre have agreed on a new rental fee that will not hit taxpayers' pockets.

The two councils have now signed a new lease until 2014, which will cost the parish council £15,000 a year, half of the figure initially demanded.

These rental fees will now be afforded by money offset by Welwyn Hatfield Council special expenses, therefore not costing residents of Welwyn a penny.

John Roper, chairman of the parish council said it was "the best result we possibly could have got".

He said: "We're just very relieved that we have come to an amicable agreement.

"We were very encouraged by the amount of support given to the cause and is great that we have not just rolled over like a pussy cat.

"The council has hung on for the best deal we could have struck.

"We are merely tenants and now we have to open talks and discuss the future of the centre beyond 2014 continue.

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