Too-big crowds cancel crunch meeting on community centre land sell-off

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Lymington Centre
The queue for the meeting at the Lymington Centre went out the door

A SPECIAL meeting to decide whether part of the Lymington Centre car park would be sold off to a developer was forced to be postponed yesterday (Thursday) after too many people turned up.

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Such was the interest that a queue of people that stretched from the doors to the edge of the road.

Staff had to announce that the Fuller McLellan Hall had reached its maximum capacity and, due to fire safety regulations, the meeting could not take place.

Dennis Peters from Lymington attended the meeting and was able to get a seat in the hall before it was cancelled.

He told the A&T: “It was very surprising that so many people wanted to attend the meeting. They were still queuing out the door when they decided to cancel it and we all had to get up and leave.”

Members of the community association were supposed to be voting at the public meeting on the plan to dispose of a plot at the northern end of the centres car park to raise funds for the centres £2m facelift.

A grant of £900,000 has already been secured from the town council on condition that the centre match-funds the sum within four years or they will lose out.

According to a trustees’ letter to members, only 10% has been raised so far despite recruiting the services of a professional fundraiser, so they proposed the car park sell-off as the “only viable way forward”.

It would also involve the demolition of the “hazardous” John Howlett craft building which would free up space for more parking.

It is not known when or where the meeting will now take place. No one from the community association was available to comment today.

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