About the Organisation
Broad Street Community Hall is a local facility serving the residents of the Broad Street area in Coventry, run by a board of trustees who have been at the premises since 2015. Our work is designed to support the local community, reduce loneliness and isolation, increase confidence, help people lead a fulfilling life with a sense of pride and achievement. The area it is very multi-cultural with a wide range of demographics and the board of trustees made up of people who live in the area. Figures from the 2001 and 2011 Census show that Foleshill is one of the most ethnically diverse wards in Coventry and amongst the 10% most deprived areas in the country.
The main challenges faced locally are those associated with social and financial deprivation, mental, physical, and emotional health issues, lack of community cohesion with a large proportion of people private and social housing tenants. We work closely with local organisations to sign post people to their services and our core activity is providing space for local groups and key services. The space provides 2 meeting/activity halls and various office spaces with rents covering the full operational costs. We are a very busy space and currently support he following services and groups:
- Roma Project (connected the Romanian Embassy).
- Asian Women’s Groups.
- African Drumming Group.
- Faith based organisations.
- Acts as venue for educational courses, a voting station, vaccination centre.
- Accessed by the local Muslim community and Islamic youth groups.
- Base for the Community Trust.
- Local Wellbeing sessions.
The trustees behind Broad Street Hall (BSH) are currently locked into a 22-year lease with 18 years remaining. The building is privately owned, with the original space being demolished and rebuilt using a grant from the National Lottery awarded to the previous owner, with 100% of the building costs provided at £750,000. The new building was finished in 2018 and a new set of Trustees came on board.
Broad Street Hall trustees are currently charged rent for the building and requests for proof of rent increases have not been provided by the owner. Trustees feel they should be charged ground rent as opposed to rent for the building.
The trustees of Broad Street Hall would therefore appreciate support with understanding the correct rent level they should be paying and whether it should be ground or building rent charged to them.