18:15 Sunday 09 February 2014

Village hall rebuild plans estimated £500,000 cost

Written byROB SMYTH

IT has been revealed that it would cost an incredible £500,000 to rebuild a rotting village hall.

Despite initial estimates being around £400,000, the team behind the move to rebuild Repton Village Hall have now revealed that it will cost half a million pounds to complete the work.

The village hall committee, who have been trying for several years now to spruce up the community facility, are now attempting to launch a fund-raising drive in a bid to raise the cash needed for the work.

A spokesman for the group said: “The village hall is the focus of village activity and helps to create a sense of community in the area.

“It supports societies and interest groups as well as hosting cultural and social events.”

Members of the committee decided the village hall, in Askew Drive, which opened in 1973, needed to be rebuilt as it had fell into decline in recent years.

A spokesman added: “Internally, the hall is quite serviceable and largely in good condition.

“However, the services are worn out.

“In addition, the present hall was built with no regard to conservation of energy and resources.

“It has vert large single-glazed windows and very little insulation.

“It wastes energy and is very expensive to heat and a new building would provide a totally different order of energy efficiency in the future.

“There maybe some who think that the committee is crying wolf but village halls elsewhere have run into similar problems and had to close - they do not become dangerous, they become uninsurable.

“While the hall is not in immediate danger, it will not last long.”

Original plans were to refurbish the hall but this would have cost more than rebuilding it from scratch.

Plans were originally put in place for a three stage rebuild but a public consultation ruled that out after it was revealed doing the work in one go would save up to £100,000.

A spokesman added: “We appeal to residents, businesses and other groups in the village that maybe able to help to please do so and we are grateful for donations.”

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