New Emersons Green town hall opens
AFTER four years of waiting, Emersons Green Town Council’s new town hall has finally opened on Westerleigh Road.
Planning permission was initially granted for the project in 2014, but construction progress came to a stop when asbestos was discovered in the ground where the town hall was to be built. However thanks to a joint agreement with Whitbread, owners of the Premier Inn next door, the building was finally able to be constructed. As a result, the town council and tax payers have saved an estimated £130k in the process and the hotel is also benefiting from a two-storey expansion, adding an extra 24 rooms as well as creating four new jobs and an additional 28 parking spaces.
The building, which has been built on the town council’s land, officially opened on Thursday April 12 at a ceremony attended by staff, current and previous councillors, as well as South Gloucestershire Council’s Chair of Council, Ian Blair.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Emersons Green Councillor Rich Nichols said: “This is a monumental occasion that has been four years in the planning. A lot of work has gone into getting us to this stage, and I’d like to thank all of our current staff and councillors old and present for their support.
“This building is not only easily accessible and provides a great place for us to meet visitors, but it has saved parishioners money too, and I think you’ll all agree that we have a fantastic facility here.”
The town council will now run its administrative operations from the new facility, therefore freeing up the space that it uses at the existing village hall. In addition, the new town hall includes space for an office, meeting room, kitchen and toilets, as well as one disabled and eight standard parking spaces.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Emerson Green Town Council’s new offices from Monday – Friday between 9am and 4pm. To find out more about the work of the town council, visit their newly updated website: www.emersonsgreen-tc.gov.uk