Proposals for a Bagshot
At a meeting in August 2021 Surrey Heath Borough Council briefed a
selected audience from the Bagshot Society that they were
offering Bagshot residents two options
for a new community facility. One would involve significant
expenditure and require Bagshot residents to set up a new legal body,
the other re-purposed existing space.
The options were ...
refurbishes the empty former council chamber behind the library to
provide a facility that would be managed by an official group of
villagers. It would be accessed from the lane that runs from
the back of the Day Center car park.
If this option is to be adopted then the village needs to set up a new
legal entity to prepare a business plan to show the viability of the
facility before the council carry out the refurbishment, and then take
full responsibility for the running of the facility under a lease from
the council including internal maintenance, insurance, safety
inspections, utilities, cleaning and booking. The income
needed for the running cost would be raised by hiring out the
the relatively recently build extension at the rear of the Day Centre
available for community and private hire. The area
has its own entrance and some alterations could be made.
An informal users group would be established to liaise with the council
but responsibility for maintenance, insurance, safety inspections,
cleaning & booking would be the council's.
The old council chamber would be sold off and demolished and one or two
affordable dwellings built in its place. Some of the proceeds
from the sale of the land would be ring-fenced for enhancements in
Neither option has any impact on Laird House, 63 High Street, the
original grade II listed Victorian house that accommodates the library
and the barbers. The old council chamber is behind this and
separated from it by a small courtyard.
The council wished to make a decision very soon. It was
obvious that unless a motivated and capable group of people came
forward with a view to being the embryo of the new management
entity then their decision will be option B.
The Bagshot Society used the Internet, social media, posters in
the village and direct emails to bring this to the attention of
residents and offered to facilitate a meeting of people who were
interested in progressig option A.
Only two people expressed any interest in progressing option A
which makes it unviable.
The Society's chairman has now written to the council advising them that their 'option A' proposal does not have the support from the wider Bagshot community that would be needed to implement it.
new build behind the Day Centre that is offered as Option B.
pitched roof building in the centre of this photo is what is offered as
Option A, though it may also include the single storey building
attached on its left.
The building would be accessed along the lane that runs through the Day
Centre car park.
is Laird House, 63 High Street, which houses the library and the
barbers. The building offered as Option A is behind this. Laird house
is unaffected by either proposal.