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New lease of life for village hall in Stoke Bardolph

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A village hall is to get a new lease of life after residents and councillors in Stoke Bardolph were handed the keys to the property earlier this week.

The hall was closed to the public back in 2016 by owners Severn Trent Water due to lack of maintenance and essential repairs, which meant it breached health and safety regulations.

Villagers had tried to negotiate taking on the lease but these talks broke down and the doors remained closed.

Residents then turned to local councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams who worked with Severn Trent Water and everyone back round the negotiating table.

The water giant has now handed over the building to a charitable trust made up of residents that will be led by villager Kathy Dixon, and will manage the hall.

Local developer Persimmon, who are currently building the nearby Riverdell estate, have also agreed to renovate the hall to make it safe for the public.

PICTURED: Councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams oversee the signing of the new lease

It is now hoped it can again become a hub for the community and also bring in income by holding events.

Councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams, who represent Stoke Bardolph on Gedling Borough Council, said: “We were delighted to join with local residents on Wednesday for the signing of a lease from Seven Trent Water for Stoke Bardolph Village Hall.

“This lease hands over the responsibility of Stoke Bardolph Village Hall to local residents and trustees, which will see the hall re-open for the community to enjoy after more than five years of it being closed. 

“Talks between Severn Trent Water and Stoke Bardolph residents had stalled for over 4 years and once elected in 2019 we were determined to get Stoke Bardolph Village Hall restored to its original beauty, re-opened and thriving again with village events. So, last year we began working with Gedling’s Tom Randall MP, local residents and Seven Trent Water to restart lease talks. Today they have concluded and the lease was signed

“This is amazing news for the whole Stoke Bardolph community and it could not have been possible without the tireless work of Parish Clerk Kathy Dixon and the trustees. We also thank Seven Trent Water for engaging with us and agreeing a new lease. 

They added: “Thanks to Persimmon Homes, who are developing the Rivendell estate, renovation works on the hall will now begin and community events will shortly resume at Stoke Bardolph Village Hall. We can not wait.”

Gedling’s MP Tom Randall said “Stoke Bardolph village hall has the potential to be a fantastic asset to the community. I’m pleased to have played a small role in helping this project get over the line and many congratulations to the trustees, Councillor Mike Adams, Councillor Sam Smith and Severn Trent Water for making this happen.”

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