Donnington could receive over £150,000 from the district council to help fund the proposed extension to its parish hall.
The cabinet of Chichester District Council have recommended to council the release of £183,938.44 Section 106 community facilities monies plus interest accrued to the date of release to Donnington Parochial Church Council for an extension to the hall.
The money was received by the District Council in November 2013 which was secured from the development of land at Southfields Close.
Donnington Parish Hall is the closest community building to the development location, and the only facility within the parish. Donnington Parochial Church
Council has identified the range of wider community activity that takes place at that location and historically developed a proposal to extend the building to provide additional space.
Leader of the council, Cllr Tony Dignum, said: “This project presses all the buttons. It’s the closest community hall to the new development. It’s the only community hall in the parish and it is well used.
“It’s got planning permission and as Cllr Lintill pointed out there has been substantial contribution from the parochial church council itself.
“It’s not just leaning on us for support. I think it’s to be totally commended.”
The proposed extension would provide a small hall with a small kitchen and toilets, accessible by its own entrance north of the building. This would enable independent use of this space either when the rest of the building is in use or as a sole hire.
Since November 2013, officers from the council have been working closely with representatives of Donnington Parochial Church Council to encourage and understand how the capacity of the building could be increased and to best effect.
Cllr Roger Barrow said: “I agree, I think it’s very important. They have had to wait a very long time for this, since November 2013.
“I think we should support it. I just wonder what more they want to do and how they are hoping to raise the funds.”
David Hyland, the community engagement manager at Chichester District Council, responded: “The additional phases of the proposed re-development include further storage areas and the raising of the roof in the main hall to create more light.
“While those are desired, they can happen at any point in the future so the Donnington Parochial Church Council will look at funding opportunities to progress those in the future. Critically, the proposals before us are those which create greater floor space and greater use.”