Newtown residents have vowed to save one the oldest buildings in their community from the bulldozer.
Developers Capital Homes have submitted plans to demolish the 115 year old meeting room on Northlands Road and build four bedsit units in its place.
The tiny chapel had been in continuous use as a place of worship since 1895 -predating most of the other buildings in Newtown – and was the first building to be erected in Northlands Road.
The building still has its original slate roof , wood paneling and gas mantle lighting.
Although the planning application has storage space for bicycles and the council say they will not be issuing parking permit for future occupants, the local residents say they still believe there will be problems with unauthorised parking.
“They have made no provision for parking in this area. It ‘s a nightmare as it is – this is going to create mayhem.” resident Stuart Russell said adding:
“ I don’t think it should be knocked down’
‘It’s part of our community…part of our lives’ explained Barbara Russell
Another Northlands Road resident 54, who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news saying:
This would make a great community amenity and a focal point for the residents association. What a wonderful venue this would make for a Royal wedding street party.
Newtown residents should get together to see if we can preserve a bit of local history and continue to use this building in the way it was intended.
The Newtown Residents Association has backed the campaign to save the hall and supports the idea of community ownership. A spokesperson said the idea of a community facility had previously been raised with the council and the NRA would be prepared to oppose the construction of further multi -occupancy buildings at the area committee meeting.
Northlands Road residents have been busy leafleting the Newtown estate to build support and will hold a rally outside the Meeting Hall this Saturday at 3 pm.
View the planning application here