Villagers urged to have their say on whether Combe Martin Parish Council should take over the community centre or keep the Village Hall.

THE people of Combe Martin have been invited to have their say on the future of their Community Centre and Village Hall at a public consultation event on Wednesday of next week (November 9.)

Combe Martin Parish Council has been given the opportunity to over the community centre at Church Corner after Devon County Council decided the building was surplus to requirements.

The 650-year-old building is used by a number of community groups but also has its fair share of maintenance costs.

If the parish council was to take it over it seems unlikely it could also keep the Village Hall, which it presently owns, so the fate of both buildings hangs in the balance.

“Combe Martin Parish Council has been offered a golden opportunity to take over one of the most useful and historic buildings in Combe Martin,” said parish chairman Councillor Andrew Jay.

“This leaves us with the problem of what to do with the Village Hall, as we cannot afford to run both buildings. A decision will only be taken when we have consulted the people of Combe Martin.”

The consultation will take place in the Village Hall between 12 noon and 7.45pm on Wednesday, November 9.

The Village Hall is also used by a number of community groups but its use for evening activities such as musical shows and boxing tournaments have been limited after it became embroiled in a row over excessive noise following a complaint from a nearby resident.

It appears the cost of sound proofing the hall would be expensive and could be prohibitive.

Parish clerk Michelle Beaumont said that at the consultation the issues facing both halls would be explained to villagers, who would be asked for their views on what should be done.

Questionnaires will be available to complete at the event, or they can be picked up in advance from the parish office at the Village Hall, to be returned no later than November 10. Alternatively people may email their views to cmpc@northdevon.gov.uk.