The Monxton and Amport Village Hall Committee (MAVH) once again seeks your help to ensure we have the best possible community asset well into the 21st century. We have been approached by many locals concerned about the lack of an appealing community meeting place now that the Black Swan has been sold to a local property developer.
Three years ago we canvassed villagers as to what you might want from a village hall. The outcome of this was planning permission to renovate the current hall (16/01869/FULLN). To finance this, you have supported fundraising events and our project fund stands around £35,000. Build costs for this renovation are estimated to be in the region of £350,000 with eligible grant funding around £200,000-250,000 and the hall would be closed for 4-6 months during renovations. Another option might be to build a new, purpose-built hall on the current site.
The sale of the Black Swan pub (which included the car park and village green) has presented us with a unique opportunity. Following initial discussions with the new owners and TVBC, there exists a potential option to build a purpose-built village hall/community hub at the rear of the existing car park (on the scrub land where the electricity sub-station is currently sited) in conjunction with two small roadside cottages; the initial site suggestion was for a small housing development. Build costs for a new community hub are estimated to be in the region of £400,000 (including fit-out) with eligible grant funding around £250,000-300,000; new builds such as this attract additional grants as part of TVBC’s drive to create community assets fit for the future. The current hall would remain open until the new build was completed.
Please remember that if we do not take this opportunity the car park will be lost forever as it will become a site for 2-5 houses, according to the current owner. If we do move the building to the new location then the current village hall site will become a small 3-4 bed house of appropriate village design, fitting in with the vernacular.
In order to determine the best course of action, we invite you to have your say by responding to the short survey that was emailed to all residents on 10 July (download a PDF copy here – Survey 2018). (Survey closes on 16 October 2018)All responses will be treated in confidence and used to inform the decision-making process. Please return hard copies to Penny Kitson at Sherborne Lodge, Furzedown Lane, Amport or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monxton Matters (https://monxton.org.uk/) and The Amport Village and Parish websites (http://amportvillage.co.uk/) will be the primary interfaces to keep you informed of developments and we will be holding open days at the Village Hall: