We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the sale of the White Hall to Bristol City Council. White Hall is due for demolition and the land will be incorporated into the Council’s Southmead master plan for regeneration.
Bristol City Council approached us to enquire about purchasing the White Hall and the land it sits on. We had been informed, some time prior to this, that the current White Hall building was unfit for public use. Also, that it was of ‘non standard construction,’ meaning it would not be eligible for funding to restore. After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion it was no longer sustainable to maintain the building, and felt pleased that releasing the land would also contribute to the regeneration plans for Southmead.
We believe the plan is for Bristol City Council to demolish the existing building and build homes in line with the master plan of Southmead’s regeneration, although of course this is now up to the Council. St Stephen’s are excited at the prospect of investing in the future of our church and how we serve the local community. However, we don’t know what these plans will look like yet.
We know the White Hall has been an enormously important focal point for the community for decades. We know it housed the St Stephen’s Community Work Project for some time, as well as feasts, youth clubs and all sorts of wonderful community gatherings.
We’d love to celebrate what the White Hall has meant to the local community. So if you have stories to share and particularly if you have pictures of the White Hall being used by the community, please do get in touch to share them with us.
We’ll be organising a community celebration of the life of the White Hall and we’d love your input, so please get in touch.
Many thanks, and God bless, Rev Jon Roberts
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