Don't Sell Shannon Memorial Hall

June 26, 2018

Shannon residents are unhappy with council plans to sell their town hall and say use declined because fees were hiked.


Shannon farmer Jarrod Rider says it's not theirs to sell. He says it was built with Shannon money through donations. It's a memorial for the people from Shannon who served the country and community that should be kept and recognised.


But the Horowhenua District Council says the fees have not gone up for years, and reflect maintenance costs.


The council is considering selling community halls. Just over half of public submissions on the future of the halls indicated residents were prepared to see some close.


Council's group manager of people and community Sharon Grant says the latest revision of the Long-Term Plan included holding the Shannon hall decision until there had been a feasibility study into a community centre for the town.


The council is due to pass its Long-Term Plan tomorrow.

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