A public consultation on the future of the Bruton Unionist Club, its building and its site began on 29 January 2019 and closed on 5 pm on Friday 8 March 2019. Residents, club members and others could take part by completing an online or paper survey, and by attending one of three consultation events:
- Thursday 28 February, 11.00 to 5.00, The Unionist Hall, Quaperlake Street
- Thursday 28 February 8.00 pm to 10.00 Bruton Town Quiz at the Unionist Hall
- Saturday 2 March, 10.00 to 4.00, Clubroom downstairs At The Chapel
When will we hear the outcome of the consultation?
The consultants carrying out the consultation have been asked to prepare a report for the Unionist Club members and the Town Council by the end of March 2019. We expect that the report will be published here in early April.
Why is this consultation taking place?
We are having this public consultation to ensure that there is an exciting future for the Club, its building, and its site. With your help the potential of the club to provide events and entertainments for Brutonians both young and old can be fulfilled.
The discussions between the Town Council and the Unionist Club are a once in a generation chance to make people’s wish for a modern multi-purpose community centre in our town a reality. We and the Club want as many Club members, residents and organisations as possible to take part in this consultation about its future, so that the Club can make the best decision for its members and for the town.
Who is paying for this?
The consultation is entirely funded by an Awards for All National Lottery Grant. You can read the text of the Town Council’s successful grant application here (the application is completed online, so it is not possible to share the completed form).
The Town Council’s Programme Plan: describes the Council’s overall plan for development of the Unionist Hall, including the work that will be done if the Unionist Club decide that they wish to go ahead. This decision has not yet been taken. The fact that we have a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that everything in it will happen.
The Stage Two Business Case: explains why the Council has decided to proceed to this stage of the Plan, (which includes the Community Consultation).
The Town Council thought it important that the consultation was seen to be independent from both the Unionist Club and the Council itself. We therefore ran a procurement exercise and have awarded a contract to Counterculture Partnership LLP to do the work.
You can read more about Counterculture on their website here.
You can read the procurement documentation here.