New Hall Project Update


 

 

Hall development

The current hall, built in 1905, is maintained fully functional by the Trustees. Bookings for its many activities including sales, receptions and meetings continue. However, the hall has a limited life and it has been agreed that rebuilding on the existing site was not cost-effective.

Planning consent for a new hall on Harrow Meadow was obtained in July 2020 and consent for housing on the existing hall site was obtained in November 2021.  However, due to complications with planning, consent for housing on the existing hall site was not obtained until November 2021.  However the two applications are linked and also included the turning round and levelling of the football pitch on Harrow Meadow.
 
This will be a joint project with Eynsford Parish Council, who own Harrow Meadow, and it is hoped that, funding allowing, a start should be made on the football pitch in the middle of 2022.
 
We have started a large fundraising effort to raise the necessary amount to enable the whole project to be completed.  The estimated cost of the development is in the region of £1.8m (subject to tenders) and, taking into account the anticipated value of the current hall site, there is in the region of £950,000 ‘in the pot’ contributed by the village hall trustees, the parish council and the sale of the existing site.
 
The Trustees and the Parish Council would hope that residents and user groups will support all find raising efforts to enable the vision of a new hall fit for the 21st century to come to fruition.