A PUBLIC rally will be held at Civic Hall this Sunday to try and stop any potential move by council to demolish the building.
The Save Civic Hall rally will call for the building to be restored instead of demolished and will feature speakers as well as musicians.
The rally will begin at 10am at Civic Hall, ahead of the council meeting to be held this Wednesday debating a council report regarding the building’s future..
One of the organisers Victoria Wardlaw said she wasn’t surprised by the report’s recommendation that the building be demolished.
She said there would be a speakers stand enabling anyone who attends the rally to speak and make their opinion heard.
“I think there will be a great amount of disappointment at the notion of demolishing the hall, which has been consistent throughout the community,” she said.
“It’s a shame there’s no sense of compromise where we can share the space, were the Civic Hall could be retained.”
Ms Wardlaw said she didn’t expect the rally would be big as previous events, due to short notice, but hoped there would be a good turnout.
She said the rally was organised by concerned residents after a local business approached them keen to see the hall restored and the area reactivated.
“We’ve only been able to get together in a week so were not expecting that the rally will represent all of those people who wish to see the hall restored,” she said.
The Save Civic Hall rally comes after other public events opposing demolition of the site, including a march in 2011 that drew more than 500 people.