The meeting comes following an admission from council officers that the building, built in 1834, could soon be put on the open market. The Aberdeen Donside MSP then wrote to Chief Executive, Angela Scott, to request that the sale be halted and the opportunity for community asset transfer to be investigated.
“Woodside Burgh Hall has been closed since 2012 when it was mothballed by Aberdeen City Council. Now it could possibly be sold on the open market, where the community would most likely lose control over what private developers wanted to do with it.
“However, the aim of this meeting is to give the community a chance to potentially take ownership of the hall, if sufficient interest exists. Aberdeen City Council have agreed to involve the community in an open discussion where there’s a possibility of the formation of a ‘Friends of Woodside Burgh Hall’ group and subsequent community asset transfer. There are grants available for restoration of historic community buildings, and Aberdeen City Council have agreed to provide any initial support needed for the formation of such a community group.
“I invite anyone who is interested in protecting the future of the hall to attend the meeting. Whether you want to be involved further or not, I would encourage as many members of the community to attend to show your support for the ongoing preservation of this valuable local resource.”
Charlene Kilpatrick, Chair of Woodside Community Council commented:
“The Woodside Community Council are in support of this initiative and would like the burgh hall to be reopened for the use and benefit of the community. It is a beautiful historical building which has been at the heart and history of the community and we would like to see it play a part in the future of this community.”