Date Set For Public Consulations on Future of Albert Hall in Annan

There will be two public consultation sessions at Annan Town Hall on Monday the 9th of December 2019 – 2pm & 6pm

Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Annan Regeneration Steering Group are planning future improvements to Annan town centre. Previous community consultations have identified people’s concerns with the condition of many of the town centre’s buildings and the wish for these to be improved and to contribute to a positive future development of Annan.

The ‘B’ listed Albert Hall on 15 Port Street is a historical building that has played a key part in the history of Annan. The building has however been run down for a number of years and due to dampness and plant growth, the condition of the building is deteriorating.

With the mission to be “More Than Just a Landlord: Making Our Communities Better Places”, Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) has been commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council to conduct feasibility planning to explore options for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall, with a view to developing a community asset which can provide new community infrastructure within Annan.

Cunninghame Housing Association is already committed to building 217 affordable houses for rent in Annan over the next 2-3 years. It is currently building new houses at the corner of Port Street and the High Street, only 100 metres from the Albert Hall.

On behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is undertaking a range of community consultation methods to gather the views of the local community and find out more about the need for services, activities and facilities in the area.

The findings from the community consultation will be used to inform development options for the Albert Hall.

Feedback from all the consultations will then form the basis of the feasibility planning study which will provide options for the Councils consideration for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall. The feasibility study will be submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council in April/May 2020.

Frank Sweeney, Group Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association said “Prior to the feasibility being submitted to the Council CEIS and CHA will hold a further one day “Feedback Day” on the outcome of the consultations in late January 2020. This will give all who have consulted the opportunity to look at the overall feedback and draft proposals.”

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