Hoole villagers' will see 10-year dream of new community hub finally come true

Work has finally started on a 10-year dream to build a new village hub in Much Hoole.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 7:30 am
Construction work has started on the new build

South Ribble Council has stepped in with a £50,000 grant and loan of £150,000 to complete phase one of building a new village hall off Liverpool Old Road to a “really good standard”, including landscaping and car parking.

The borough council’s money has been added to a pot of £400,000 already raised by a local lottery, a buy-a-brick campaign, donations, social events and money from selling land to replace the dilapidated 70-year-old building currently on the site.

Alan Taylor, trustee of Hoole Village Memorial Hall, said: “The £400,000 was sufficient to get the construction underway and achieve a usable building, but we would still have had to rely on further fundraising to cover a number of items such as interior painting and decorating, floor finishes, external landscaping and the demolition of the existing hall.”

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Mr Taylor said he was worried donation fatigue had crept in, before leader of South Ribble Borough Council, Paul Foster stepped in to help.

He said: “These are decent blokes who have decided to help us out properly.”

Foundations and the floor slab of the timber-framed building have been built, but work has had to stop because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Once completed, the building will house meeting rooms for community and private functions, a snooker table and baby changing facilities. A further £300,000 needs to be raised to complete phase two, which includes extra meeting rooms and extra snooker facilities.

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