A Croxley district and parish councillor has shared his concerns as plans to convert the village’s Red Cross Hall into housing and a community space are revealed.
Councillor Chris Mitchell recently put a question to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) concerning the potential demolition of the hall.
This comes after the Red Cross Society announced it would stop accepting outside bookings in 2019, as it was cutting down its activities in running local premises.
Cllr Mitchell said: “It is a travesty that the hall has not been used to its full potential for the last four years. The Red Cross made a national decision to stop running halls and then chucked the vast majority of the users out in April 2019.
“TRDC has refused to consider assigning the lease to Croxley Green Parish Council.”
Councillor Keith Martin, TRDC’s lead member for resources and shared services, said: “The British Red Cross, which leased the building from TRDC, gave notice of its intention to agree the surrender of its lease. The Red Cross had already ceased the majority of community use of the building.
“We are drawing up plans, subject to public consultation, to redevelop the site, which will include providing much-needed new affordable homes and a new and improved community space for local groups and residents.
“Any decision to assign their leasehold interest to another body is a matter for the Red Cross to decide and not the council. We believe the best outcome here is the opportunity to provide local affordable homes and community use. We will continue to engage with the parish council to ensure that the proposed community space best serves the interests of local residents.”