The windows and doors at the front of the building were painted about 10 years ago. However, the rest of the building, including the magnificent leaded glass windows of the main hall, has not been touched for at least 20 years. As a result there is now evidence of serious decay – see accompanying photos.
Victoria Hall was built in 1889 by public subscription. Coupar Angus Town Council looked after the building until town councils were abolished in 1975. Since then Perth and Kinross Council has been responsible for the maintenance of the building, as part of the common good property of Coupar Angus. In recent years Perth and Kinross has handed responsibility for letting halls to Live Active Leisure.
Coupar Angus News + Information recently complained to both organisations about the situation. They have now replied, each blaming the other for the poor state of the building.
In their reply, Perth and Kinross Council states: “Unfortunately, Coupar Angus Town Hall is maintained by Live Active Leisure which has a separate legal status to the Council. Therefore I am unable to action your complaint under Perth and Kinross Council’s complaints procedure.”
Live Active Leisure has denied the Council's claim, stating: “Live Active operate the hall lets on behalf of PKC. The building is owned by PKC and they hold responsibility for the maintenance of the hall.”
The statement from Live Active Leisure has, however, offered a small glimmer of hope: “The hall is due to be closed later this month for essential maintenance work. I have raised your concerns with PKC and would expect this will get addressed as part of the works.”