Report to the Parish Council – Community Facility Project – 5th March 2012

REPORT TO THE PARISH COUNCIL

5th March 2012

THE PARISH CHURCH OF SWAINSTHORPE ST. PETER

COMMUNITY FACILITY PROJECT

We have pledged funding of £46,500 towards the £79,575 cost of the Community Facility Project and there are now three outstanding applications for grant aid:

Lafarge (gravel pit) Community Building Support for £25,000

Biffaward (landfill) Community Building Support for £30,000

and

Norfolk Community Fund for £5,000

If we were offered grants from just two of these funders then we will have reached our target and could authorize the work to proceed. Lafarge and the Norfolk Community Fund will give us a decision in March/April and Biffaward soon after.

I am still hopeful that work can commence in May and finish in 6 months.

Some good news; the contractor has had discussions with the VAT office who have agreed that some of the works can be zero rated showing a saving of about £7,000 reducing the project cost to £72,575. I am awaiting confirmation of this together with a new quotation from the contractor.

There are two other issues which are in the process of being finalised:

  • The Lease between the PCC and the Charity Trust to use the building for community events and activities is currently being discussed and hopefully agreed by both parties and the Diocesan Registrar.
  • We have applied for a Faculty for the Community Facility Works and expect to get this from the Chancellor within the next few weeks.

We need both before we can proceed.

Meanwhile the PIGs group continues with their fund raising activities and has planned the following events for 2012:

Janet is organising a Coffee Morning and Easter Egg Hunt – 31 March – 10.30am to 12.30pm with money raised going towards Church funds.

Queen’s Jubilee Village Green Party – Monday 4 June

Village Fete and Scarecrow Trail – Saturday 8 September

David Chapman

5th March 2012

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