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COMMUNITY leaders have revealed the timings of a string of key events lined up to help shape the future of four iconic buildings in Glossop town centre.

The aim of the high-profile consultation, organised by High Peak Borough Council, is to give residents, businesses and organisations plenty of chance to have their say on the future use and management of the Town Hall, Market Hall, Municipal Buildings and Victoria Hall.

Fronted by council leader Caitlin Bisknell, the consultation started this week with the publication of a timetable to the local authority’s website at www.highpeak.gov.uk/openhalls.

The Open Halls web pages are also being used to invite expressions of interest from community organisations interested in managing some or all of the buildings.

Cllr Bisknell explained: “Open Halls will help us make decisions, and find people and groups we can work with. We want to develop a realistic plan that will give these buildings a bright future”.

The possibility of transferring some or all of the properties to a suitable development trust or social enterprise is one of the issues on which the consultation will seek views.

The consultation includes:

* Open Halls Launch, in Bradbury House from 1pm to 6pm on Monday, June 11 when the public will be able to see plans of the properties, learn about their history, and register an interest in helping run the buildings

* Open Halls Ideas, in Bradbury House on Thursday, June 21 from 3pm to 8pm when council staff and councillors will be available to discuss draft proposals and unveil a survey that the public will be encouraged to complete by Friday, July 13

* Open Halls: Your Voice, in Bradbury House from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, July 5 when feedback from stages two and three will be presented at a public meeting.

As the four buildings are important to the town’s landscape, the council is keen to ensure they are well looked after and provide the services needed by the people of Glossopdale in the 21st Century.

However, important decisions need making as the upper floors of the Town Hall and Victoria Hall are not used while the rest of Victoria Hall will become empty when Derbyshire County Council relocates its library.

Municipal Buildings provides offices for the borough council plus a public services one-stop shop but Market Hall needs investment if it is to remain an attractive, convenient venue for market traders and shoppers alike.