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Battle still on for Ropsley Village Hall

Plans to replace Ropsley Village Hall have been approved but £300,000 of funding for the project must still be found.

South Kesteven District Council has just granted planning approval for the project off Peck Hill and Braceby Road.

The new facility, which would replace what is formally known as Ropsley Memorial Hall, has been budgeted at around £860,000.

In December, the National Lottery awarded £495,000 from its Big Lottery Fund, leading to plans being submitted earlier this year.

Despite such support, the project still needs a further £300,000 by the end of next January for it to go ahead.

Paul Mason, who chairs a village hall steering group concerning the scheme, said his group has been working with the Big Lottery on various plans which are needed for the lottery money to be granted.

The Big Lottery has also given the group £40,000 to help them pay for studies, designs, and other plans as part of the planning process.

Paul said: “They have been very helpful in writing these business plans. Hopefully getting the money will not be a formality.

“We have six months to meet the shortfall. We are waiting to hear about funsding bids we have made to Sport England and other organisations. We have quite a large bid going in to the Football Foundation.”

But £300,000 must be found by January 2019.

Paul added: “We are not allowed to start work until all the funding is secured. Construction then will be a 12 month project. If we don’t make the shortfall, we may have to make amendments to the planned building.”

To donate to the project, ring Paul on 01476 585729.


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