Branscombe Hall wins EDDC support

PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 17 June 2010

FULL support has been given by EDDC to Branscombe Village Hall in their bid to secure funding for much needed improvements. The council at their executive meeting last Wednesday unanimously expressed their support for the village hall committee s applicat

FULL support has been given by EDDC to Branscombe Village Hall in their bid to secure funding for much needed improvements.

The council at their executive meeting last Wednesday unanimously expressed their support for the village hall committee's application to the Community Council of Devon (CCD) for finance to replace the existing roof.

Councillor Mike Green, ward member, spoke on behalf of the hall's committee who have been working strenuously to raise the money.

Mike said: "The village hall is absolutely vital. It is well run and I think it is a real asset to the community and helps keep the community together."

Paul Newman, chairman of the village hall committee, said: "We warmly welcome EDDC's support for us but the feeling is they will not be contributing any money to our project.

"It would be great if they could give us a small grant, anything would be good."

The village hall committee sent off an application to CCD County Grant Scheme to fund one third of the roof restoration which is estimated to cost around £80,000. The committee is expecting a decision by March.

Paul added: "We are all upbeat about the CCD application and hope their grant is awarded to us. We are all optimistic.

"The roof is in need of replacement. We sent some photographs to CCD showing damp, condensation and mould growing on the inside of the walls and the ceilings."

In addition the green-minded committee also submitted an application to the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in a bid to secure 50 per cent of the money needed to install an environmentally friendly ground source heat pump and photo voltaics.

The application is currently being processed and a decision is expected to be given in the next week.

Paul added: "For the low carbon application as long as we fulfil the criteria which we have done I'm told by them that you shouldn't be turned down."

If everything goes according to plan the work is expected to start in the summer but Paul is reassuring people that it will conflict with hall bookings as little as possible.

He added: "We will be planning it sensibly so that existing bookings can be taken into consideration and managed accordingly.


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