Renwick people will be consulted soon on how the town's memorial hall should operate and what aspects of it are important to the community, hall committee chairman Murray Newman says.
There has been controversy about the hall, including debate about who should own it.
It had been proposed to transfer ownership to the Education Ministry, on behalf of neighbouring Renwick School, but the debate revealed that the committee makeup did not meet the hall's constitution.
This has been resolved, with the election of a properly constituted committee headed by Mr Newman.
The new committee wanted to revitalise the hall and make it more attractive for the community to use, he said.
Architect Justin Fletcher, of Redbox Architects, had been hired to prepare a concept plan for redeveloping the hall, based on community input.
"Justin has been instrumental in the Renwick School development over the past three years and the committee believes it is important to maintain this link with the school for consistency," Mr Fletcher said.
The Renwick School board had a grant of $10,000 from Canterbury Community Trust in 2009 to look at how the hall could be developed to work more effectively for the wider Renwick community. The funds would be used to pay for Mr Fletcher's work.
The committee was excited about the process, he said.
While everyone was keen to make changes so the hall better met community needs, the committee wanted to make sure the centre had a strong future.
- The Marlborough Express