The council will retain freehold ownership of the town hall and will continue to act as a trustee for the Victoria Hall Trust, to ensure the Victoria Hall and Queen’s Hall, as well as other future rooms in the building, will be preserved for community use and charitable purposes.
Under the new scheme, the council and the Victoria Hall Trustees will have permission to swap the Prince’s Hall for the Queen’s Hall as land to be held for charitable purposes.
A 250-year lease of the town hall including the Victoria Hall and Queen’s Hall will be granted to Mastcraft. They will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the building and will pay a premium and rent to the council. The Victoria Hall Trust will receive a share of this in relation to the Victoria Hall and Queen’s Hall.
The operation will be governed by a ‘Community Use Protocol’ which requires Mastcraft to establish a forum that will include community representation to monitor and review the operation of the community use provisions. Under this protocol, Ealing Council, The Victoria Hall Trust and Mastcraft will work together to ensure these areas remain open for community group bookings all year round, at affordable rates.
The Community Use Protocol is part of the lease agreement with Mastcraft and has been included within the planning permission. It will apply for the full 250-year lease term.