Why is a New Village Hall Necessary?
The chief problems highlighted by the users, after repeated consultations were these:
- cold, unwelcoming, smells of damp, condensation problems & ineffective heating so unsuitable for Tai Chi & Yoga classes as well as other small group classes and meetings, some of which have given up using the hall.
- Inadequate kitchen facilities which no longer comply with current Food & Hygiene standards. Therefore only warming up of pre prepared food is possible and space limited.
- Insufficient hall space for many activities requested eg short mat bowls, badminton, buggy fit, drama productions etc.
- Complete lack of storage space. Chairs, tables, cleaning equipment, playgroup toys, drama facilities, L.C.C. and History society records, display boards, book sale books etc. – all need more space.
- Poor access and parking facilities.
- No separate room for committee meetings and small groups.
These main complaints highlight two of the chief reasons why the Hall Committee are working towards building a new hall.
A) The structure of the building itself – after 42 years the Hall needs major investment rather than just maintenance. Building surveys commissioned by the Village Hall Committee have shown up the following problems:
The roof is in a very poor state.
- 2020: Two specialists; Dick Knight (RICS) & HR Eynon Chartered Building Surveyor, revealed problems with the asbestos fabric of the roof itself as well as its supporting structure, including problems with rot and rust.
- H R Eynon stated that the clay ridge tiles to the roof were delaminating and required replacement. The asbestos cement roof tiles are approaching the end of their serviceable life (with curling to the lower edges evident) and their verge overhang is inadequate. A number of tiles are damaged and broken.
- Wet rot to roof truss members.
- Diagonal bracing and binders need to be provided together with roof void cross ventilation.
- Although the roof structure is of steel fabricated trusses these don’t seem to have been galvanized. In view of the age of the structure and the ingress of ‘weather’, it is anticipated that corrosion may well be advanced.
- The cost of removal of all the asbestos roof tiles and flooring throughout in 2017 was over £10k, with the cost of scaffolding extra.
- 2015: Dave Banforth’s Insulation Company tested the cavity walls which revealed that the material in the cavities had degraded and hence was not providing insulation and allowing ingress of damp.
- Lack of ventilation causing extensive condensation throughout, on walls & floors.
The Hall floor is composed of thermoplastic tiles which have asbestos backing
2021: Full electrical inspection carried out by Phil Owen revealed a failure to conform to current standards and needed urgent upgrading.
B) The current Hall is now too small for the size of the village and all the myriad of activities that you have told us you would like to take place there.
We have therefore concluded that merely replacing ageing parts of the building, the hall would still have substandard outdated facilities, insufficient for the 21st century.
The costs involved to update the facilities:
- removal of all the asbestos
- replacing the roof
- rebuilding walls
- replacing the floors
- updating the electrics
The costs were not economic compared to rebuilding bigger and better. The costs were estimated in 2017 to be £250,000. We concluded this was uneconomic compared to rebuilding bigger & better.
An important consideration was that VAT (20%) is not paid on new builds, but would have to be paid for all refurbishment and extensions