When a collection of Third Sector bodies and groups came together in December to engage with plans for the future of Campbeltown’s glorious Town Hall, they were also trained [by Argyll & Bute Council’s Community Development Officer, Audrey Baird] in using the council’s ‘community engagement equipment’. From the photograph above, this appears to translate into ‘touring bomb-proof laptops’.
The outcome of this consultation showed that representatives of the Third Sector groups thought that Campbeltown Town Hall had fallen into ‘disrepair’ but that it had the potential to be ‘a beautiful resource for the future’, ‘vibrant’, ‘centre of the community’, and ‘accessible for all’ for meetings, conferences, coffee mornings, weddings, and general community use.
The opinion was that, to be successful, this would have to be a professional operation with a full time manager to schedule and run activities in the Hall, take bookings and set up rooms.
It was also felt that the building should be open both during the day and evenings.
Strong community support was seen as the key to the success of the Campbeltown Town Hall project.
The illustrations above include the information boards for the session and should be useful more widely to those interested in this stand out building and in the activities and services it can offer when it is ready to reopen.