The ownership of Tansley Community Hall is to be transferred to the local parish council for just £1.
The 128-year-old building in the village's Church Street has been owned by Derbyshire Dales District Council and its predecessor authority Matlock Urban District Council for more than 90 years.
Despite being valued at around £150,000, the building, originally a Liberal Club, will be given to Tansley Parish Council after the District Council's Governance & Resources Committee accepted on Thursday a business plan - prepared with the help of Rural Action Derbyshire - for a group of villagers to operate the hall on the Parish Council's behalf "to its full potential" for community use.
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Used down the years as a youth club and for recreational activities including billiards and snooker, the hall is currently operated by a village management committee and booked on a regular basis by the Brownies, a mother and toddler group, a sewing group, for exercise and yoga classes and as a rehearsal space by two local theatre groups.
The Parish Council hold their monthly council meetings in the hall and had previously contested the building's ownership because a previous incarnation of the council had taken over the running of the hall in 1906 for use as public offices until the council's abolition in 1924.
It's the end of a long running negotiation between the district and parish councils. Back in 2012 the district, which has always leased the hall to village groups at a peppercorn rent, offered the parish a 25-year lease at just £1 a year, but the parish refused to sign until a number of condition surveys were undertaken at the district's cost.
Asbestos, energy, building and roof surveys have all been carried out subsequently, with no significant issues being identified.
Thursday's meeting heard that the new business plan opened the door for the District Council to hand over the freehold of the building in its current good condition.