Campaigners battle to save South Yorkshire town hall

Campaigners fighting to save Wath Town Hall for community use collect names for their mission
Campaigners fighting to save Wath Town Hall for community use collect names for their mission
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Campaigners fighting to keep Wath Town Hall for the community are urging people to join their mission.

The Grade II listed hall needs significant investment and repairs, and could be sold to meet funding cuts by Rotherham Council after staff relocate later this year.

But residents want to keep it for community use and save the town hall green – which stages the town’s annual gala – if the hall is sold.

They want others keen to play a part in the building’s future to come forward.

Ann Roche, a trustee on Wath-upon-Dearne Community Partnership, said volunteers would be needed.

“People are concerned about what’s going to happen to our magnificent Grade II listed town hall,” she said.

“We’d like to hear from anybody who feels committed enough to get involved and is interested in taking part in its future.”

Wath resident Pauline Oldfield, aged 80, added: “The town hall is one of Wath’s gems, it’s a little bit of historic treasure.

“I think the building has a lot of potential but most people have never even been inside.”

Campaigners have enlisted the support of local politicians who are calling for the hall grounds to be handed over to the community if it is sold.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, whose constituency covers Wath, said: “Massive cuts force the council to cut staff and sell valued community buildings like the town hall.

“Wath is a vibrant community with many committed volunteers so I hope people will come forward to help.”

n Call 01709 513 160 or email info@montgomeryhall.org for more details.