This is mostly the provision of a glazed entrance lobby at the front of the building, fitted with a lift to take the disabled from pavement level to the ground floor of the hall. and then carrying out the alterations needed to the main hall and the smaller rooms on the east side.
Clearly the shorter the interval between the two phases the better.
The building work on Phase 1 will begin early in February and will take five months to complete.
We are conscious of the problems that lack of the hall will pose for many of our users, and conscious, also, of the frustration and irritation felt by some that we have not been able to state a definite position before now. We are aware of all of this and we are sorry. The old saying “Beggars can`t be choosers” seems very appropriate here, and we are very much in the hands of our funders. However, we are very excited that the works are finally getting under way and we trust that you will continue to give us your interest and support. We hope that in a few months from now it will all begin to seem worthwhile.
John Dance, Sandra Gutherson, Margaret Hammond, Eric Howarth, John Kirk, James Miller, Tony Sandford, Miriam Scott, Clive Wilkinson.