Community and councillors in bid to bring Stoke Bardolph Village Hall back to life

 Community and councillors in bid to bring Stoke Bardolph Village Hall back to life
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A community and local councillors are calling on Severn Trent Water to back their bid to bring a village hall back to life in Stoke Bardolph.

Residents in the village are working with Trent Valley councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams to try and get the hall on Stoke Lane reopened and back in use.

The hall was at the heart of the community for over 100 years and was the only meeting place apart from the church, and was provided for the use of the villagers by the Nottingham Corporation who then owned the Stoke Farm estate. 

In the 1970s Severn Trent Water took over the estate and extended the hall, but due to lack of maintenance and essential repairs, compromising health and safety regulations, it was closed in early 2016.

In 2017, villagers made contact with Severn Trent to discuss the possibilities of securing the hall again for the village via a lease or rent. A Charitable Trust was formed to manage the hall and is being led by Kathy Dixon a Trustee and Stoke Bardolph Parish Clerk. 

Last October a new lease offer was produced by Severn Trent which the Trustees say contained a lot of restrictions ‘and was not suitable’, so was turned down.

Since then, talks have stalled. 

But the group are now preparing for fresh negotiations with the water giant and hope to secure a more favourable lease that will allow them to bring their plans to fruition.

The councillors and and Village Hall Trustees recently approached Persimmon Homes, who are building the Rivendell development, and the developer has agreed to renovate the whole of the Village Hall at no cost. 

PICTURED: Cllrs Mike Adams, left, Sam Smith, centre and Kathy Dixon, right

Gedling Borough Councillors Mike Adams and Cllr Sam Smith have also recently donated £815 from their Councillor Community Funds to the project.

The scheme also has the full backing of Gedling’s Conservative MP Tom Randall.

Councillor Smith said: “Stoke Bardolph residents deserve better after four years of waiting. We are determined to get Stoke Bardolph Village Hall restored to its original beauty, reopened and thriving again with village events.

Councillor Adams added: “We thank the Trustees for all their work and also thank Persimmon Homes for their generous renovation offer. We look forward to negotiating a new lease for the Hall with Severn Trent in August and hope to have the hall open soon.”

Gedling Eye contacted Severn Trent for a response.

Severn Trent confirmed they had been working with all those involved on a solution since closing the site, including the local MP.

They said that the ‘building is not fit to be used or safe for anyone in its current state’ and ‘to make it safe again requires a lot of work and significant investment’. 

A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “We had a responsibility to close the building for safety reasons, and to allow it to be used again, a significant investment would be needed to make it safe. While we’re supportive of the local residents’ wishes, we invest in our operational networks to make sure all of our customers have the best possible service.

“We have been working with local stakeholders including the local MP and Gedling Borough Council on a solution, and we have offered the Parish Council a repairing lease previously. We’re happy to continue to discuss potential options going forward.”

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