What is happening at the moment?
Each month the Next Steps group and Next Steps Finance group will provide a joint news sheet on the progress of the project.
Please download the latest copy of the news sheet by clicking on the image above or here
What is the situation with obtaining planning permissions?
SUCCESS We have now obtained permission from Huntingdonshire District Council covering both Phases.
SUCCESS We have obtained Listed Building Consent for Phase One
SUCCESS We have obtained Listed Building Approval in Principle for Phase Two with a list of conditions to be worked through.
Over the last nine years the improvements made to the Church Hall have proved to be hugely valuable and is now used by the community on a daily basis. As a consequence, it has actually brought into sharp focus the inadequacies of the main Church in serving the various users to the fullest potential.
Due to the generosity and commitment of church members, all loans associated with the refurbishment of the Church Hall have been repaid – ahead of schedule – and the church now believes it has the financial and personnel resources to commit to resolving the larger issues holding back the potential of the work of the church.
When will the building work commence?
Once planning permissions have been obtained, and the Finance Team decide the time is right, and the NS Team and Deacons agree, then, there will be a final proposal put to members asking whether they give approval to apply for a BU loan to finance the balance of the project costs, and to instruct the chosen contractors to commence the main build. The actual start date on site will then depend on the availability of the chosen contractor. Our best estimate is to start in mid 2020.
How will the church activities function during the period of building work?
Firstly, we hope to retain use of the church hall throughout the period of refurbishment. We also hope to minimise the amount of time that we are not able to use the main church building. We will explore possibilities of where we can hold regular Sunday services once we know just when the work will be carried out and how long it will take. The aim will be to keep as close to the church site as we can.