dOSH Sneinton: Working group formed

The three public meetings called by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum have resulted in the formation of a working group. This group, working independently and with representation of a number of local community groups, aims to help save the Old School Hall by working on feasibility of repair and reuse, sustainable ideas for the Hall's future and business planning.

The group is called dOSH: development of the Old School Hall.

dOSH website

dOSH facebook

Community rallies to help the Old School Hall

The second Old School Hall open public meeting took place on 26th September. The meeting, called again by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum was well attended. 

To catch up on the challenges facing the community building, please check out these previous posts: Schools Out... Forever? Old School Hall meeting packed with hopes, fears and ideas...

It was great to have the Old School Hall Community Association represented this time by Gillian Dack who could not make the previous meeting date. Community group WIND, who take care of the Windmill Park which surrounds the building were able to provide useful context. STARA and users of the Hall from the Lindy Hop group and others made valuable contributions. Bea from the Renewal Trust facilitated sessions, along with Sneinton Alchemy's Steve and Tom from the Forum. Marc Petrucci represented Nottingham City Council.

Above: in happier times... the Lindy Hop group at the Old School Hall

The aim of this event was to

Old School Hall meeting packed with hopes, fears and ideas...

The Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum hosted meeting on Monday 12th September saw a strong turn out, with over 60 people from across the community coming together to hear from the Council, The Renewal Trust and the Community Centre Committee. The Council set out their reasons for closing the Old School Hall and considering it's demolition, should a funded and viable proposal not come forward to save it. A statement from the Sneinton Old School Hall Community Association Committee was also read out (see documents below).

After hearing the information and a Q&A session during which a number of different visions for the future were put forward, a 'world cafe' style discussion took place to discuss ideas and what the community could bring to the project.

A great deal of information and ideas were generated, a summary of which has been put together - see documents below.

What Happens next?

A follow up meeting

School's Out... Forever?

Come along to a public meeting hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum to find out what's going on with the Old School Hall: Meet outside the Hall at 6:30pm on Monday 12th September. All welcome.

Update: See the meeting outcomes and news of the next meeting on our follow up post.

Update: Working group forms to take ideas forward to save the hall

Over the last month,  rumours have been circulating on social media and through word of mouth, that the historic Old School Hall on Windmill Lane is to be demolished early in September. Quite a few upset residents have asked us what we know about this, so we decided to dig a bit deeper to provide you with an accurate account of what is happening with the Hall.  

The building has fallen into a poor physical state of repair, and so It is not safe to let it continue to be open to the public.  A decision has been made by the City Council  to

Our Sneinton: Your Forum

The ‘Our Sneinton’ Project has helped spread the word about Neighbourhood Planning in support of Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum. The energy and enthusiasm among local people to have their say on improving quality of life in Sneinton have really shone out.

There is a real appetite for community activism in Sneinton, however fighting immediate problems absorbs much of the energy, and forward planning takes a lower priority. In common with many urban areas we have to recognize that people have less capacity for direct involvement in developing a Neighbourhood Plan compared to a ‘leafy suburb’ or village.

Ironically of course, we need to plan ahead to tackle the big challenges we face: isolation, community cohesion, health, economic prospects and wellbeing can all be improved by better community ownership of the neighbourhood, improved buildings and better public spaces. A Neighbourhood Plan is really needed.

Tom Hughes, Steering Group member of the Forum said: “Our Sneinton has helped identify the community’s diversity, and multitude of differing needs. We now have a clearer picture of the geographical and political patchwork of Sneinton, which naturally makes it difficult for people to think in terms of ‘area wide’ solutions.

“That said, a lot of work on building cohesion has already been done, the foundations of a Neighbourhood Plan have been laid, and a clear roadmap has been produced for our future work. Thank you Our Sneinton!”

Above: Sneinton patchwork, by Laura Alvarez