The Parish Council, supported by the Community Association, has made a proposal to build a new community centre in the village. It would replace the Village Hall. The present hall is over 60 years old and badly in need of updating. There is insufficient letting space to satisfy demand and little storage space. The Parish Office, situated in a small room at the rear of the hall, is cramped and staff are often disturbed by noise coming from users of the hall.
It therefore seemed sensible to look at the possibility of creating a new building which would fit the current needs and the expected requirements for years to come.
In 2014, following a series of presentations, local people were asked to vote on whether, in principle, they supported the idea of this new centre.
Over 650 votes were received with only 21 against the proposal.
JBKS Architects, based in Aston Rowant, have been appointed to take us to a planning application stage.
Users of the present hall and potential users of the new building have been consulted on requirements.
Discussions have been held with the local planning authority. We are now close to submitting a planning application.Another consultation is taking place in May - July 2017 allowing people to comment on, and hopefully support, the design of the new building.
The proposed community centre incorporates three different size rooms which can be let separately or together.
A large room on the upper floor could accommodate up to 180 people. The smaller rooms, on the ground floor, are suitable for about 40 and 70 people; these two rooms can be made in to one.
The Parish Council office is on the ground floor with a separate entrance.
Parking is provided between the new building and the library with further spaces at the rear.