Can there be two Lavant Halls?

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A CARE home has sparked irritation before even opening, by giving itself a name residents believe will be confused with a nearby village hall.

Colten Care Ltd’s 72-bed residential home along Broyle Road, on the old Roussillon barracks site, will be called Lavant Hall, leaving residents in nearby Lavant exasperated.

They say they were not consulted on the name and there is likely to 
be confusion with the Lavant Memorial Hall, in Pook Lane.

Peter Winter, chairman of the trustees of the village hall, wrote a letter to the chief executive of the company, expressing concern the name could cause confusion.

“I was never expecting any real sympathetic response from them, to be honest,” he said.

“Knowing big organisations like that and the fact they got the blooming big hoarding with the name splattered across it there, I always 
felt we were perhaps a little bit late.”

He had a response from Mark Aitchison, saying the company checked with Chichester City Council and Royal Mail and no concern was raised.

Lavant Parish Council chairman Ian Hutton expressed his dismay at a meeting last week.

“They’ve responded rather arrogantly, I think, to say ‘we checked with Chichester City Council who authorised it as did the post office and it’s okay’,” he said.

Cllr Hutton has asked the village’s district councillor Andrew Smith, who sits on the city council, to ask why the city council did not ask Lavant their opinion on the new name of the care home, which plans to open next spring.

Sheila Sims, another village hall trustee, said it would cause confusion.

“Although we’re called the memorial hall, most people refer to it as 
Lavant Hall,” she said.

“Anybody coming from the north might see the Lavant Memorial Hall sign and turn down there thinking they’re going to the care home.”