Pittington Village Hall secures over £100,000 of funding

Biffa AwardPittington Community Association has secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Together with a further £50,000 from Durham County Council as part of the asset transfer process this funding will allow the replacement of the ageing central heating system that many will know has become very temperamental! Not only will the new system be more reliable, it will be more efficient and more controllable leading to lower running costs.

The work will take place during the Summer holidays, starting on 20th July and lasting for eight weeks. The work will also include the removal of asbestos from the boiler house and other areas of the building.

The work will be carried out by RM Myers and Co based in Belmont Industrial Estate and is being managed by Boxx Consultants.

During the Summer holidays we are also hoping to undertake the installation of an accessible toilet and refurbishment of the existing toilet facilities. This work has been paid for, in part, by a grant from Carol Woods and Maureen Wood when they were county councillors for Sherburn Ward and was dependent on completion of the asset transfer process.

Due to the extensive nature of the work, the hall will be closed to all users from Monday 20th July until Friday 11th September. This means there will be no summer activity program this year but we hope to be able to repeat it next year. We have also taken the decision not to hold an Autumn Fair this year as we would have liked to hold it in early September.

The hall will also have restricted use for three weeks from Tuesday 29th September until Friday 16th October due to the Field House Farm opencast public inquiry.

Pittington Village Hall Community Survey

Pittington Voluntary Community

As part of the Asset Transfer process that we are currently going through to try and keep the hall open we need to know what you all think about the Hall, how you use it and what else you would like to see us doing. This all goes to help us make the case to Durham County Council that we have a viable business model for the future. Please help us to keep the hall open by completing this survey and letting us know how we can improve what we are doing.

Please complete the survey by clicking here.

Your time is much appreciated and could make all the difference to keeping the hall open!

Asset Transfer Update

Durham County Council

Last month Pittington Village Hall Association agreed to a timetable for Asset Transfer with Durham County Council. The first stage was to commit to the process through a letter of intent which was also completed last month.

The next stage is to submit a five year business plan to show the Council that we can make the Village Hall an independent, sustainable organisation for the foreseeable future. The business plan needs to be completed by 17th January. Also by this date we need to have identified sources of funding for any necessary capital works, for example repairing the roof!

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