A Big Thank You
We would like to start with a big thank you for all the support and patience our members have shown during the last year.
We have tackled the challenges and hope to reopen more and more over the coming weeks as restrictions lift.
22 Queen Street
As you may be aware, it was necessary for us to vacate 22 Queen Street (the main building housing the snooker hall and bar) over lock-down, an inevitability that was simply accelerated by the circumstances.
A consequence of vacating the building has been the loss of valuable dance and function space, as well as the bar, snooker and office facilities at Queen Street.
Our Charitable Objectives
As a charity we make our strategic decisions in line with promoting our charitable objectives, these are summarised below.
1) The promotion of community participation in healthy recreation through the provision of facilities for playing particular sports within the area of York
2) The promotion and advancement of education by the encouragement of the arts through the provision of facilities for the general public to participate in the arts of drama, mime, dance, music, painting and sculpture, photography, cinema, literature and poetry and to improve the general standard of dramatic productions in York and elsewhere; and
3) To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants
Our Reopening and the Weights Room
Ahead of reopening and throughout the restrictions being eased, the Queen Street Management Team have the large task of assessing the risks, making sure we keep everyone safe, and ensuring we fulfil our objectives in the most effective way.
As part of our work assessing the risks of reopening, we have identified certain areas as requiring further attention. One such area, is the weights room.
To summarise the issues that have been identified:
Solutions we have explored:
While exploring the options above, the committee has observed the below:
This would require reduced use of the space, meaning a minimal number of users could make use of the facility. As part of our reopening plan, the venue will reduce its opening hours to operate in the evenings only. This reduced use, and reduced hours will have a large impact on the viability of the space. In addition, an attendant would still be required in the space to ensure safety and hygiene requirements are being met.
This would potentially resolve the space and ventilation issues and allow for an attendant in the main hall to also monitor the use of the weights. However, the floor of the main hall is wood-sprung and would unfortunately not support the weight of the machines.
This has been explored, however a relationship has not yet been found. We are conscious at this time, that for another party to take on the management of the room, they would face the same challenges and obligations that we do, which may be an influencing factor in a third party taking on the license.
The Management Team is therefore faced with an unfavourable decision. We are obliged to make our decisions with the promotion of the charitable objectives and a proposal has been made to the committee for us to consider the following:
As part of considering the proposal, the committee are considering the following pros and cons of the suggestions:
As part of evaluating the best way forward, we are reaching out to our users of the weights room to gather suggestions and feedback.
We value the input of our members and endeavour to gather this information before a decision is made.
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