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Council officials get a closer look at Lichfield’s Darwin Hall

Craig Jordan, Asmita Kathrani, Peter Young, Nina Dawes and Richard King

Craig Jordan, Asmita Kathrani, Peter Young, Nina Dawes and Richard King

Council officials have been visiting the newly opened Darwin Hall in Lichfield to find out more about the facility.

Lichfield City Council’s Town Clerk, Peter Young, led four Lichfied District Council officers on a guided tour where they found out more about the £750,000 development.

Darwin Hall was funded through Section 106 money and is set in half an acre of landscaped open space, and offers community groups the use of a main hall, meeting room, kitchen, and an enclosed outside area.

Nina Dawes, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council, said:

“It was wonderful to be given a guided tour of Darwin Hall, so we could see how the Section 106 funding has been spent. The building has a modern, light and airy feel. We were especially impressed that it is so energy efficient – with its natural ventilation and ground source heating. The management committee has made a really good start in making Darwin Hall the heart of the community.”

Run by a management committee, the hall is already proving popular. It hosts a term-time pre-school playgroup as well as karate, tae kwon do, yoga, art, and dance classes. It also offers a useful community resource for meetings and events, such as children’s birthday parties and local community group meetings.

Cllr David Smedley, Leader of Lichfield City Council, added:

“It is good to see local residents of the new Darwin Park and Chesterfield Road estates enjoying their new community hall, and we’re all delighted with the results.”

To find out more about Darwin Hall, please visit www.lichfield.gov.uk or telephone Peter Young on 01543 309850 or email peter.young@lichfield.gov.uk.

To find out more about Section 106 Agreements visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/section106 or telephone Asmita Kathrani, Planning Obligations Monitoring and Implementation Officer at Lichfield District Council, on 01543 308149 or email Asmita.Kathrani@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve

    5th August, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Five. There were five officers actually. One took the pic.