I undertook to keep parishioners updated regarding the proposed structural changes to Caston Village Hall.
Following the submission of plans to Breckland Council for planning permission I can now report that the plans have been passed. The planned alterations include for new toilets and kitchen, a new front porch and a storage room to the rear of the hall. There is no plan to increase the overall size of the main body of the hall. Improvements also include for better insulation and cladding and a refurbishment of the car park. Some restrictions have understandably been placed on the approval which require council agreement of the car park surface to ensure good drainage and reduce movement noise. Also the times between which building work may take place are restricted to minimise disruption to neighbours.
So now the hard work begins. With the plan approval we can now make application for grants from various bodies and Graham Penfold on our committee is spearheading this aspect of the task. There will now more than ever be a need for us to raise funds through various activities so suggestions for fund raising activities and particularly offers from folk to organise such initiatives will be most welcome.
As yet we cannot predict when work can commence but it is probable that the work will be undertaken in stages as money becomes available. As yet there is no need for organisations using the hall to be concerned that the hall will not be available to them in the near future.
Chairman, Caston Village Hall