Bid to find site for new Whalley sports hall

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VILLAGErS at Whalley could have their own indoor sports hall – if only they could find somewhere to build it.

Whalley Village Hall committee has enough cash in hand for a deposit on a hall for sports such as five-a-side soccer or badminton, but so far their search for a suitable site has drawn a blank.

The committee inquired about using part of the car park behind the Whalley Arms, and the site of the demolished public toilets and an old workshop off King Street, but both sites are unavailable.

Village Hall chairman Mr Mike Seery said: “It’s quite frustrating that we haven’t managed to get a site.

“The table tennis club uses the Village Hall, but the roof isn’t high enough for other sports.

“There’s a lack of such facilities in Whalley, and Ribble Valley Council have said they can’t afford it.

“Our problem is all the more galling because we have the wherewithal to

fund the deposit for the hall from existing funds that the Village Hall

has earned over the past few years.

“Now we’d like to bring it to the attention of Whalley residents and any other interested parties that we’re looking to develop an indoor sports facility in Whalley that we will manage. We hope it will encourage a debate as to where it might be sited.”

Mr Seery said the proposed building would be about 10 metres square for the hall itself, plus male and female changing rooms and parking space for five or six cars.

Any suggestions can be sent to miketseery@googlemail.com