Last two chosen for Guildhall’s trust

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THE final two members of the trust set up to run Portsmouth Guildhall have been chosen.

Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet voted to appoint councillors Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Robin Sparshatt to the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

As The News reported last year, the trust will run the central Portsmouth landmark from April 1, and is expected to work on proposals to improve its entertainment.

It is also hoped more of the building will be opened during the day for cultural activities, and as a community and civic centre, as well as opening cafes and bars to the public.

As many of these proposals have come from the city council, which owns the building, the councillors will sit on the trust’s board with nine other members.

Although the full trust committee cannot yet be named, the latest appointments will allow it to begin work.

The full list of members will be revealed when the council’s cabinet approves the list.

The appointment of Cllr Sparshatt, a Tory councillor for Drayton and Farlington, who was until last week his group’s culture and leisure spokesman, and Lib Dem council leader Cllr Vernon-Jackson, was approved by a unanimous vote.

Both will hold their roles for four years.