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Row over snub at village hall
7:40am Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
A FORMER Worcester mayor claims he is being excluded from the running of a popular village hall in the city.
Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck has hit out over the running of St Peter’s Village Hall saying he is angry after being told to step down from the management committee.
The veteran Conservative politician, who represents St Peter’s, was told to leave in March because the city council no longer pays the lease.
He has since turned up to at least one meeting to observe discussions and says he is concerned about the way the site is run claiming it’s being managed on an unsatisfactory basis. But sources have told your Worcester News that he is making up allegations purely because he is bitter about being sidelined.
Coun Tarbuck said: “I maintain I’m being excluded and frankly I’m not happy with it.
“The hall built up a £100,000 fund in 2005, but the position, I gather, has stagnated and even worsened recently.What I want to do is help make this centre viable. I want to know what’s happening with that money, but meetings are going on and I’m not being invited.
“I’ve been asking for minutes, but haven’t got any. It’s not good enough.”
But Coun Tarbuck’s comments have angered residents who look after the hall.
Fellow Tory Councillor Roger Knight also stood down at the same time as part of the agreement. Coun Knight has since returned to the committee, but as a resident only, as he lives nearby, whereas Coun Tarbuck would not qualify to sit in that capacity because he lives in Hallow, near Worcester.
One member of the committee, who did not wish to be named, said: “Between £50,000 and £60,000 is being spent on improving the hall so there is investment going in. The committee decided that they were able to function without city council representatives – it was that simple.”
Tesco, which paid for the facility to be built in the early 1990s as part of the deal for a new supermarket, recently extended the lease on the hall for 15 years. This lease is now paid for by the committee.
As part of the new lease the site is no longer run under a city council management agreement meaning that there is no need for politicians to be involved in its future.