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Elm Park residents petition against planning application once again submitted to demolish Carrie’s Hall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 November 2018

Angry local residents are petitioning for Carries Hall to remain open.

Angry local residents are petitioning for Carries Hall to remain open.

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Neighbours were “horrified” to discover that a planning application to knock down a beloved community hall has been resubmitted for the third time.

So far, around 700 people have signed a petition against the demolition of Carries Hall, Maybank Avenue, Elm Park, and the construction of two three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses.

Jackie Walsh, who has been living in the area for almost 40 years, said: “We were horrified to see it [a planning application] was submitted again.

“Everyone in this area has used the hall at some point or another so it is very important to the community and we don’t want to see it go.”

The hall and the surrounding land was donated by founder of the Round Table, Louis Marchesi, in 1958 to be used by the community.

In his memory, the land was called the Louis Marchesi Maybank Open Space.

However, the site was sold off to a private owner and now once again faces the risk of development, having submitted two previous planning applications.

Carrie’s Hall was home to groups including WeightWatchers, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Phoenix Pre-school, as well as pilates, zumba and yoga classes to name a few, before their contracts were no longer renewed last year.

Resident Trevor Mckeever said: “It will have a detrimental affect on the community if it goes because we won’t be able to get it back once it’s knocked down.

“We really don’t want to lose it.”

Councillor Barry Mugglestone said: “I am totally against this application, I have objected to this application as it is a community asset and nothing has changed since the last planning application was rejected apart from the previous users being kicked out by the owner.

“Elm Park is great community based area so we need halls like this for the play groups, youth organisations, the get fit classes that used to happen here, the parties that happened in the hall.”

The owner of Carries Hall has been approached for comment.

To sign the petition, visit here

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