New village hall plans for Whissonsett in Norfolk

Friday, December 27, 2013
6:33 AM

Proposals to build a new village hall in Whissonsett, which were first brought up more than 20 years ago, will be discussed at a public meeting next month.

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People are being invited to Whissonsett’s current village hall, on London Street, to express their views about the plans.

Whissonsett Parish Council chairman David Burton said: “Our village hall is well used by lots of different groups but it was built in the early 1950s and the building is getting tired.

“There were talks about having a new one built more than 20 years ago but the plans kept getting put to one side for various financial reasons.

“There are now some new, younger councillors in the village with a lot of enthusiasm and the idea has been brought up a couple of times over the last few months.

“We want to hold this public meeting to see what the parishioners think.”

The proposals are for a new village hall to be built on the playing field.

Mr Burton said, if the hall is built, new facilities would be provided for Whissonsett Bowls Club, which plays at the current village hall.

He said new changing facilities could lead to the return of a football club to Whissonsett.

As talks are at a very early stage, Mr Burton was unable to estimate how much money would be needed to build a new hall.

He said the council could look into applying for a Heritage Lottery grant and use money from the sale of the land where the current village hall now stands.

Mr Burton said: “I don’t want people to get carried away because things are at a very early stage at the moment.

“If the plans do go ahead, we will need a lot of support.

“We will need to raise a lot of money but it is achievable, we just need enthusiastic people who are prepared to work hard to make things happen.

“If we find at this meeting there is not the enthusiasm out there then the idea might be dropped entirely.”

The meeting will be on January 15 at 7.30pm.

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