Hall to remain community asset for Portishead

A valuable community asset has been retained in Portishead.

North Somerset Council has transferred the lease for Avon Way Hall to Vintage Church who will continue to operate it as a community facility.

Avon Way Hall is a small community hall with kitchen and toilet facilities on the first floor of a building above retail units in Avon Way. The hall also features off-street parking and disabled access.

The hall is well used and is a base for a number of community activities including dance, baby groups, exercise classes and martial arts.

“We are delighted to have taken over the running of Avon Way Hall from North Somerset Council and appreciate the diligence of the council in seeking to ensure the best interest of the community in this transition,” said the Leader of Vintage Church, Chris James.

“Our desire is that Avon Way Hall remains a community space for Portishead. We are working hard on retaining all of our existing bookings and we look forward to welcoming new users to the hall.”

The council consulted with users of the hall, local councillors and Portishead Town Council before seeking formal expressions of interest from local organisations keen to take over the lease.

Submissions were evaluated and, following interviews, the council agreed to transfer the lease to Vintage Church.

“While reducing the council’s liability, it was important to ensure Avon Way Hall remained a community asset for the residents of Portishead,” said Cllr David Pasley, the council’s executive member for asset management.

“Vintage Church performed well at all stages of the evaluation process and we have no reservations in transferring the lease to them They are in a good position to both operate and develop the hall.”

Community groups or individuals looking to book the hall should email halls@vintagechurch.co.uk or call Aaron Rath on 07413 456 464 for more information.