Traill Hall Community Trust
Contact: Caroline Swan
Traill Hall has been disused since the early 1990s and is a significant eyesore on one of the main roads in to the village of Castletown. In November 2004, the two surviving trustees of the Traill Hall Trust put the building on the open market, which caused an outcry in the village. At a public meeting in December 2004, there was a unanimous vote that Traill Hall should be saved for the local community, which resulted in it being taken off the market. This meeting led to the establishment of the Traill Hall Community Trust. The future of the building is now dependent on identifying a viable new use or uses for the building which will enable the partnership funding to be sought to undertake the comprehensive repairs required. A petition in favour of the proposal was subsequently raised which attracted more than 60 signatories and many offers of support.
Residents of the local community have been working together with other organisations to bring the building back into community use. Recently, during a workshop to look at the wider development and regeneration issues in Castletown, Traill Hall was identified by the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment as a key building for re-use.