COVID Hall Hire Statement
In response to social media comments this morning, Yateley Town Council would like to clarify some of the concerns that have been brought to our attention. Yateley Town Council will not, and at no time has ever intended to, charge the local surgery, HVA or local voluntary groups for hall hire in respect of COVID-19 vaccinations. The hall is available 24/7 at no cost to HVA or the local surgery for delivering the vaccines.
Our understanding is that the hall hire costs are being met by central Government, through the local health bodies, as part of their national vaccine roll out strategy. If this is not the case, then no charge will be made. All Councillors and Officers realise the importance of the vaccination programme and are proud to offer our continued support to this incredibly successful vaccination campaign.
We have received the following comments from Caroline Winchurch, CEO of Hart Voluntary Action, ‘Firstly, we want to thank Yateley Town Council for accommodating our requests at such short notice immediately before and after Christmas to hire the Monteagle Lane Community Centre for use by volunteers assisting with the Covid-19 vaccinations. As a local community we all had to respond very quickly and the response has been fantastic.
We very much appreciate that we have been able to have the charity rate for hall hire, and that we have this as a continued offer whilst we are asking the Town Council at short notice to accommodate our requests for use of the Community Centre, as and when vaccine is made available for the local population. The staff team at Yateley Town Council have all been fantastically helpful.
We can confirm that our direct costs are being reimbursed by the local health bodies responsible for the roll out of surgery-led vaccinations, so we are obviously sad to hear rumours to the contrary on social media and can only apologise for any distress caused to Town Council Staff and Town Councillors’.