Rumours that Salisbury’s City Hall has been closed permanently have been circulating after posts appeared on social media.
It follows an announcement on 16th October that the City Hall will be closed indefinitely due to Coronavirus restrictions. The announcement cited rising COVID-19 cases nationally and the impact that Cornavirus has had on the councils’ finances.
Posts on social media have appeared in the last week stating the staff were facing redundancy and expressed fears of a permanent closure of the venue.
Wiltshire Council has dismissed claims that it does not intend to reopen the City Hall.
Responding to criticism that it did not apply for government-funded aid for the hall, deputy leader Richard Clewer said that the venue was not eligible.
Cllr Clewer also denied reports that all the staff had been made redundant.
He said: “I would like to be clear that it is our intention to reopen City Hall in the future. I can’t tell you when, because government guidance on Covid is changing all the time.
“The formal consultation process with staff will not start until next week, and that will be when all staff will be given the opportunity for redeployment, as per our HR policies.”
Members of City Hall staff, however, are becoming frustrated and don’t want to go down without a fight. Some feel that there were ways the venue could have been reopened, as has Salisbury Playhouse and other entertainment venues with restricted audiences and other measures put into place. Some have taken to social media to voice their concerns.
All performances that had been booked or rescheduled have now been cancelled indefinitely and it looks as though the City Hall will be closed for the foreseeable future.