A HALTWHISTLE town councillor has suggested purchasing the town’s disused church hall.

The hall was closed by church authorities in 2004 due to financial and health and safety reasons, before being purchased in 2006.

Plans to turn the building into a hotel, lap dancing club, and old people’s home never came to fruition, and the building remains disused and run down.

Speaking at Haltwhistle Town Council’s meeting on Monday, February 4, Coun. Jeanette Kendrew said the council should look into buying the hall if it came on the market.

Coun. Kendrew said: “I’ve got the bit between my teeth with the church hall.

“If it comes up for sale I would like to propose purchasing it.

“There’s a desperate need for a community space. I was just wondering who would be supportive because that’s what I would like.”

However, concerns were raised over the potential cost of purchasing and renovating the building, which the council feared could be around £1m.

The council’s chairman, Coun. Alan Sharp, said: “Effectively the church hall is in a state of disrepair. It’s an eyesore and it does make the town look untidy.

“I do think it would be good to see some improvement there but we’d have to look for funding because it will be a lot of money.”