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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 16/03/2004
Community Parntership Fund 2004/05
Summary of Applications



ANNEXE 2
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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FUND

SUMMARY OF APPLICATIONS

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Each application is listed under the Community Strategy Themes
Theme 1 – Transport, Highways & Related Issues
WAVERLEY HOPPA COMMUNITY TRANSPORT – HOSPITAL TRANSPORT PILOT SCHEME
Total project costs: £46,750Grant applied for: £16,800

Waverley Hoppa Community Transport (WHCT) aims to provide community transport to those who are unable to access conventional or private transport services. Presently, its services are designed for the needs of shoppers with transport difficulties.

The purpose of this application is to extend the facility for a one-year pilot to operate specific services from the Haslemere-Godalming area to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. Using a vehicle converted for wheelchair users, a service would be offered from 8am-6pm, five days a week. Outward journeys would need to be pre-booked, 24 hours in advance.

The applicants have identified, from discussions with relevant local organisations, a need for hospital transport. It is estimated that the service could help about 50 people per week. Users of the facility, once available, will be charged a fare, that will be set to cover the operating costs of the vehicle. It is estimated that the return fare from Godalming will be £10.

The budget for the project includes the costs of drivers (£26,000) and administration staff (£6,000) plus office costs, communications and publicity. The vehicle lease costs of £10,000 would continue to be met by Hoppa. Apart from this application for funding, a bid to Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust was sought for £19,950 but was unsuccessful. Due to the high demand for funding the PCT were unable to consider any new applications for funding in the bidding round for 2004/05.

Officer Comment

Due to the unsuccessful PCT bid, Hoppa will need to seek other funding and to provide further cost estimates before the project can be fully assessed and scored. In addition, further discussions are required to consider funding for the project beyond the one-year pilot.

Recommendation

Guidance is sought on the degree of priority for this project. It is recommended that a sum of £16,800 is ring-fenced until further information is available on the partnership funding for the pilot scheme and it’s longer term sustainability.


Theme 3 - Health
MILFORD & VILLAGES DAY CENTRE – EXTENSION TO CRAFT AND ACTIVITIES ROOM

Total project costs: £25,409Grant applied for: £6,352
    The Milford & Villages Day Centre attracts elderly people from nine village communities in the area and has a membership of 210 with an average daily attendance of 45-70 people and around 250 drop-ins a month. In addition to regular attendees, the centre welcomes other local clubs during evenings and at weekends.

    With a rapid expansion of the numbers attending the centre, there is considerable pressure on available space. Of particular concern is the limited accommodation for craft activities that currently only allows the participation of six people at any one time.

    This project, therefore, is to assist in overcoming the problem of available space and will involve the construction of a single storey extension, and amalgamating rooms, providing moveable partitions and increased natural light. Completion of the project will allow up to 30 members to participate in one activity, and allow more space for wheelchairs.

    Planning consent has been obtained from Waverley. The projected costs include both building works and professional fees. The applicants have been awarded a grant of £18,000 from SITA Environmental Trust, and are seeking £1,000 each from two local trusts and £1,000 from Surrey County Council.

    Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

    The project meets Waverley’s corporate, community and cultural strategies by:

    § promoting independent living and healthy lifestyles

    § enhancing the quality of life by supporting activities that enable older people to live their lives to the full

    § responding to the leisure and cultural needs of elderly people within the Borough

    § improving services for people in rural areas.

    Funding Criteria
Score
Total Maximum Possible Score
Organisation
20
20
Partnership
15
25
Implementation
25
25
Sub-total
60
70
Need
20
30
TOTAL
80
100
Officer Comment

This is a well planned and costed project which will provide a range of improved leisure and support facilities for older people. The Day Centre has been awarded £18,000 from SITA with potential for a further £3,000 from local sources resulting in a shortfall of £4,400.

Recommendation

A grant of £4,400 is recommended.
Theme 5 – Policing & Community Safety
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL – FARNHAM CCTV SYSTEM RENEWAL
Total project costs: £40,000Grant applied for: £20,000

The existing CCTV system in Farnham is deemed to be at the end of its useful life, and this application made by Waverley’s Engineering Manager is for a contribution towards the renewal of cameras, recording and control equipment.

The objectives for the project are to:

§ reduce crime and fear of crime
§ protect public health and safety
§ enhance the social and economic vitality of the town.

The original CCTV system was funded jointly by Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council and the local business community. The Police contributed by providing accommodation for the monitoring equipment and providing the local CCTV manager who trained and supervised volunteer monitors from the community.

Trained police operators will carry out the monitoring of a new system at Guildford Police Control Room. This will provide 24 hour monitoring rather than the current reliance on volunteer hours. The ownership of the system will be given to the Town Council who have agreed to fund 50% of the renewal costs. In addition, there are one-off costs of £40,000 for setting up the links between Farnham and Guildford. These costs are being funded by Farnham Town Council (£18,000), GOSE (through Waverley’s Community Safety Executive (£14,000)) and other sources (£8,000).

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

Working with Town Councils to tackle community safety is listed as a Council priority for 2004 onwards. In addition this project contributes to Waverley’s community safety strategy. More CCTV cameras were also listed as a high priority by Waverley residents in the 2003 community safety survey.

Funding Criteria
Score
Total Maximum Possible Score
Organisation
20
20
Partnership
16
25
Implementation
21
_____
25
_____
Sub-total
57
70
Need
22
_____
30
_____
TOTAL
79
100

Officer Comment

This project meets a number of Waverley strategies and was highlighted as a priority by local residents in the Waverley community safety survey. The project will include both the renewal of the cameras and an improved monitoring system, including 24 hour surveillance. In addition, Farnham Town council will take on the on-going management and maintenance with technical and lefal support from Waverley. The project and a £20,000 contribution from Waverley has been approved by the Council.

A strategic approach is required to the funding of CCTV cameras in Waverley and consideration as to whether the project should be funded through the Community Partnerships Fund.

Recommendation

Guidance is sought on whether this project should be funded under the Community Partnerships Fund.
Theme 6 – Local Economy & Local Services
ST. ANDREW’S (FARNHAM) PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
Total project costs: £177,120Grant applied for: £44,000

The overall aim of the project is to open up the grade 1 listed church for educational, community and cultural purposes, and provide an historical focal point for the centre of Farnham.

With the support of the church community, the traditional role solely as a place of worship is being widened and developed so that it can be made available as an educational and cultural centre freely available to the wider community and providing a large meeting space within an historical setting. The church has wide support from a range of local schools, arts organisations, voluntary groups and community organisations who have been involved in the plans and development proposals.

This application is to enhance the lighting (installing a comprehensive system costing almost £100,000) and provide flexible seating (480 chairs will cost £77,000). This is part of a much wider appeal “Heart of Farnham Appeal” that aims to raise £300,000 for these facilities, new drainage, redecoration, improved access to the church tower and improving the layout of the chancel area. Through bequests and fundraising, the applicants can already allocate £133,00 to the costs of lighting and chairs.

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

The project supports Waverley’s corporate aims and community strategy by encouraging community involvement in preserving the character and amenities of towns.

Funding Criteria
Officer Comment

Officers support this imaginative scheme to enable the historic building in the centre of Farnham to be available to the wider community including educational and arts activities and community events. The church has consulted widely in the development of the proposals and has been successful in raising significant funds towards the project. Within the Community Partnerships Fund criteria, projects within churches and benefiting schools and arts projects are eligible, if there is a clear demonstration of wider community benefit.

The project has scored well against the criteria due to the high level of community partnership and consultation/involvement. However, it has scored low within the “needs” section as it is not a high priority within Waverley’s corporate, community and service strategies.

The church has already raised significant funds through their “Heart of Farnham Appeal” and could proceed with one of the elements of the scheme without funding support.

Recommendation

It is recommended that a grant is not awarded.
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL - CRANLEIGH HEALTH CHECK IMPLEMENTATION
Total project costs: £91,700Grant applied for: £13,000

Following on from the Countryside Agency’s Market Town Initiative in Cranleigh, several key projects have been identified and will require further funding and this application forms the basis of projects planned in 2004/05. The project includes the following:

§ environment aspects – building on the anti-litter campaign and the restoration of ponds on Cranleigh Common

§ Social & Community aspects – extending the Cranleigh Arts Centre “Fly” project and to provide a range of arts and social events for young people in Cranleigh and surrounding villages. The project includes hiring the Hoppa bus to provide transport for young people in rural areas

§ improvements to the Downslink and surrounding cycle tracks

§ preparation of a feasibility study to improve sports facilities

§ undertaking a mobility audit and a sports audit

§ extending the range of activities and events to enhance Cranleigh as a place to shop and visit.

Of the total costs, a grant of £60,000 has been secured from Surrey County Council to undertake cycling/walking projects and other contributions are being sought through sponsorship and the business community.

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

The proposals would contribute to the aims and actions for “health checks” listed in Waverley’s community strategy (theme 6 : local economy and local services). They also support Waverley’s corporate aims of “improving opportunities for young people”, supporting local shops and services and working with the business community to maintain the level of business activity in towns and villages and retaining the special character of the countryside, towns and villages in Waverley.

Funding Criteria
Score
Total Maximum Possible Score
Organisation
20
20
Partnership
22
25
Implementation
11
25
Sub-total
53
70
Need
26
30
TOTAL
79
100

Officer Comment

All the projects proposed in the application have been highlighted through the Cranleigh Health Check public consultation exercise. The schemes will be developed and by the health check co-ordinator working closely with volunteers and voluntary organisations.

The project has scored high in terms of partnership and needs but low on implementation since each of the schemes, costs and partnership funding are still at an early stage of development.

Recommendation

It is proposed to contribute £13,000 towards the schemes outlined in the application up to a maximum of 25% contribution to each of the individual scheme costs. The grant would be offered subject to detailed costing for each scheme and confirmation of partnership funding.


WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL – SANDY HILL COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT
Total project costs: £36,000Grant applied for: £18,000

The application seeks a 50% contribution towards the costs of employing a neighbourhood worker (total costs £30,000) and a 50% contribution towards the running costs of the bungalow (total costs of £6,000). In addition, the rental costs of the bungalow are being provided as a gift-in-kind (estimated at £7,000) by Surrey County Council.

The application has been made on behalf of the Sandy Hill Community Action Partnership, consisting of representatives of local residents, Pavilion Housing Association, Surrey County Council, Farnham Town Council and Waverley Borough Council.

A wide range of projects are being undertaken for the benefit of residents of the Sandy Hill Estate, Farnham, to fulfil the following objectives:

§ to improve local activities and facilities for children
§ to ensure the estate is well-managed
§ to ensure that the estate has a pleasant environment
§ to improve local amenities for residents and
§ to further improve the partnership between residents and other key stakeholders.

The major costs of the project include the employment of a Neighbourhood Co-coordinator and the running costs of “The Bungalow”, the base from which the project is undertaken.

Pavilion Housing Association will contribute 50% of the costs of employing the neighbourhood worker (£15,000) and 50% of the running costs (£3,000).

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

The project meets Waverley’s Corporate and Service strategies and the Community Strategy in terms of improving local community facilities and support in an area of higher need within the Borough.

Funding Criteria
Score
Total Maximum Possible Score
Organisation
20
20
Partnership
21
25
Implementation
19
25
Sub-total
60
70
Need
24
30
TOTAL
84
100

Officer Comment

A grant of £13,000 to contribute to the costs of employing a neighbourhood worker and the running costs of the bungalow was awarded last year from Waverley’s Matched-Funding Provision. The grant was awarded on the basis that Surrey County Council provide a cash contribution of £5,500 in addition to their gift-in-kind of the bungalow rental, valued at £7,000.

This project is for on-going revenue costs and are therefore not normally funded within the Community Partnerships Fund which covers capital or project costs.

Recommendation

Officers recommend that a grant of £13,000 is awarded with the request for a £5,000 contribution from Surrey County Council.
Theme 8 – Promoting & Challenging Social Inclusion

HASLEMERE VOLUNTEER BUREAU – NEW VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Total project costs: £194,796Grant applied for: £15,282

The aims of Haslemere Volunteer Bureau are to:

§ publicise and promote volunteering locally
§ interview volunteers and introduce them to appropriate organisations, and
§ assist in the development of new community projects involving volunteers, and good voluntary practice.

As such, its running costs are partially funded through Waverley’s Sponsored Organisation Scheme.

The Bureau has aims to extend the scope and coverage of the volunteer service to young people, particularly into the more rural areas where there is no access to drop-in centres and young people feel more isolated.

The project is a 3-year scheme, including the following:

§ staff a mobile drop-in centre to take the service to outlying village greens, college car parks and local events
§ create an Internet radio station, built and managed by young people, where there will be facilities to download information packs, application and registration forms, submit applications and learn about the charity being applied to.

The largest part of the project costs relate to the running costs including salaries, rent, consultancy and training over the three year period and these are subject to a bid to the Community Fund (for £135,000). The applicants will fund part of the costs from their own reserves, and from anticipated monies received through the Sponsored Organisation Scheme. This bid to Waverley’s Community Partnerships Fund relates almost entirely to the capital costs of setting up the project, including the purchase of new IT equipment, installation of broadband lines, studio works, a performing rights license and a contribution to the costs of the mobile office. These costs are estimated at £15,282.

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

The project meets Waverley’s priorities of improving “services for young people”. It also supports Waverley’s cultural strategy for “developing and supporting training opportunities for volunteers in leisure and cultural activities”, particularly to encourage development work with young people.

Funding Criteria
Score
Total Maximum Possible Score
Organisation
20
20
Partnership
17
25
Implementation
17
25
Sub-total
54
70
Need
20
30
TOTAL
74
100
Officer Comment

This project meets Waverley’s priorities of extending and improving services for young people and in improving access to services in rural areas. Eligible costs under the Community Partnerships Fund are the capital and not the revenue costs.

Recommendation

Officers recommend that a grant of £7,600 (50% of the eligible capital costs of the project) are awarded.
PAVILION HOUSING ASSOCIATION – SANDY HILL COMMUNITY BUNGALOW REDEVELOPMENT
Total project costs: £271,883Grant applied for: £30,000

The applicants are applying on behalf of the Sandy Hill Community Action Project, a partnership between the residents of Sandy Hill, Pavilion Housing Association, Surrey County Council, Farnham Town Council and Waverley Borough Council.

The project involves the redevelopment of “The Bungalow”, a local community facility based within the grounds of Hale County Primary School (Surrey CC land), which will result in the facility extending the range of activities it currently offers.

Following the loss of the Sandy Hill Community Centre through arson, the partners have agreed with local residents that the best option, in terms of accessibility, future management and surveillance, would be to redevelop and extend the bungalow. The bungalow was originally built as a residential facility and this project aims to refurbish and extend the existing building to provide a range of facilities and space for local community groups.

Pavilion Housing will act as lead partner in managing the redevelopment and financial controls. Planning consent is being sought, and negotiations commenced with Surrey CC over the provision of a 30-year lease.

There are a number of confirmed and potential sources of funding to meet the costs of the project. The insurance settlement on the community hall was £92,000. Other major bids for funding include SITA Environmental Trust (£46,156), Surrey County Council (£30,000), Lottery Community Fund (£25,000) and Farnham Town Council (£20,000). Pavilion have committed £19,500. A bid to SITA Environmental Trust for £46,000 was unsuccessful.

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

The project meets a number of objectives within Waverley’s strategies, including supporting communities initiative and community safety within a higher need area of Waverley.

Funding Criteria
Officer Comment

In addition to the grant application for £30,000 it has been requested that the insurance monies of £92,000 be used for the bungalow redevelopment. Discussions are being held with Surrey County Council and a separate report to the Executive will consider the request.

Recommendation

A grant of £30,000 from the Community Partnerships Fund is recommended.
ST MARKS COMMUNITY CENTRE – PROVISION OF CHILD AND YOUTH FACILITIES
Total project costs: £60,000Grant applied for: £15,000

St Marks Community Centre, together with a group of parents with the support of Godalming Town Council, Waverley Borough Council, the Police, the local school and residents have formed a Community Initiative Group and have identified these new recreational facilities as a priority.

The overall aims of this project are to:

§ completely replace the two play areas at Ockford Ridge and Aarons Hill, Godalming with new equipment for children aged 1-12, on a safe surface in a secure area; and
§ to provide somewhere safe and dry for young people aged 13-19 to meet together.

The costs of the project include multiplay structures (£40,000), the youth shelter (£5,000) and the necessary ground preparation and landscaping.

Once in place, the additional facilities would be maintained and insured by Waverley, as owners of the land.

The applicants have been awarded a grant of £20,000 from SITA and will be making funding applications to the Living Spaces Fund (£15,000), Surrey County Council (£5,000), Godalming Town Council (£2,000) and local trusts.

Corporate, Community and Service Strategies

Improved facilities on Ockford Ridge and Aarons Hill are listed as a high priority in Waverley’s Community Strategy. The project also meets Waverley’s corporate aims by “improving cultural and leisure facilities”, “improving opportunities for young people”, and contributing to the provision of a “consistent level of leisure provision across the Borough for young people and children”. The project also supports the cultural strategy aims of playground equipment replacement and improving play facilities for children with disabilities.

Funding Criteria
Officer Comment

This is a community-led initiative that is based on the needs for improved leisure and play facilities for children and young people. It has scored high within the “needs” section and meets Waverley’s corporate aims, community and cultural strategies.

Recommendation

A grant of £15,000 is recommended.

SURREY COMMUNITY ACTION – GLOBAL GRANTS
Total project costs: £228,000Grant applied for: £8,000

Over the last three years (2000 – 2003) Waverley has contributed £20,000 (£4,000 in 2001, £8,000 in 2002 & £8,000 in 2003) from the Matched-Funding Provision to the Global Grants Scheme in Surrey.

The Scheme is geographically based with target areas for awarding grants to the most deprived wards in each of the borough/district areas. In Waverley, the scheme is available to Sandy Hill in Farnham and the Godalming NE & SW Wards. Over the last 3 years, 15 projects have been supported with grants totalling £60,890, providing a leverage of 67%. These grants are detailed in Annexe 5. Global Grants is managed by Surrey Community Action and is funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) with matched-funding from Surrey County Council and the borough and district councils.

An ESF grant of £100,000 each year for 3 years (2004-2006) has been awarded via GOSE. To provide partnership funding, each borough has been requested to contribute £8,000 per year with an agreed contribution of £40,000 from Surrey County Council. Grants will be awarded via the Surrey Global Grants Panel with representatives from Surrey County council, borough & district councils, Local Government Association and Surrey Community Action.

Corporate, Community & Service Strategies

The scheme meets Waverley’s Corporate and Community objectives by supporting community initiatives in higher need areas in Waverley.

Officer Comment

The request for funding is part of a joint initiative between the local authorities and the SLGA to draw in European funding. The request has therefore not been submitted through the normal Community Partnership Fund application process.

However, the grant request provides a good leverage on Waverley’s proposed contribution. In addition, for 2004 Waverley will have a member representative on the awarding panel, providing a more direct link to the grants awarded.

Recommendation

It is recommended that a grant of £8,000 is awarded for 2004 with an assessment of the benefits to communities and the leverage prior to further funding.



COMMUNITY BUILDINGS GRANT SCHEME


ALFOLD VILLAGE HALL

Total project costs: £143,470Grant applied for: £10,000
    The Alfold Village Hall Management Committee has submitted a grant application to help meet the costs to enlarge the existing hall. The work will involve:

    q updating the hall so that it complies with the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act (e.g. toilets, wheelchair hoist, hearing loop, door accesses)
    q providing an additional multi-purpose room
    q providing storage space for all of the Hall’s equipment and that of its users, and
    q updating all services (e.g. electrical and heating) to ensure that current standards for insulation and energy efficiency are met.

    The hall was built in 1966/67 and apart from essential repairs, has not been up-graded since.

    Officer comment

    The applicants were awarded a grant of £10,000 under this scheme, for work to be undertaken during the 2003/04 year. Unfortunately, their application to the Community Fund failed, although a revised application is being made reflecting a smaller-scale project.

    The total cost of the work is £143,470 with a grant request from Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council of £10,000 each.

    The village is isolated with relatively high needs and few other local facilities. The village hall is therefore an important local amenity, that is being actively promoted by the Management Committee. The completion of this project to improve the facilities is expected to increase the usage, and income from that hire will cover additional revenue costs.

    Recommendation

    It is recommended that the grant of £10,000 allocated from the 2003/04 Matched-Funding budget is moved forward into 2004/05, subject to the partnership funding being secured and the work being completed by 31st March 2005.

    CHIDDINGFOLD VILLAGE HALL
      Total project costs: £18,000
Grant applied for: £6,000


Project details
The application is made by the Management Committee of Chiddingfold Village Hall, who plan to build an extension to the hall in which the chairs and tables can be stored when not in use.

Completion of this project will mean the furniture will no longer have to be kept in the main hall and the shower cubicle that was originally provided for the use by disabled persons.

Officer comment

The total project costs are assessed at £18,000, with a grant request from Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council for £6,000 each. The Management Committee will fund the balance of the costs, from its existing capital supplemented by fundraising events.

Chiddingfold Village Hall is a relatively modern building, having been erected in 1994. The Hall is well maintained and regularly used by the local community, having existing facilities for the disabled.

The applicants made an unsuccessful bid under this scheme one year ago, when they also sought to replace their existing chairs. At that time their application was refused on the basis that there were other, more urgent, projects that the Council wished to support. The Village Hall Committee have, since then been actively involved in fundraising to purchase the necessary furniture and this element has not been included in their current application.

The planned storage area will provide this popular local amenity improved facilities, thus encouraging additional hirings.

Recommendation

It is recommended that a grant of £6,000 be approved.


MARINDIN HALL, FRENSHAM

Total project costs: £19,000Grant applied for: £6,330
      Project details

      The Marindin Hall Committee has submitted a grant application relating to a scheme to provide facilities for the disabled, including a toilet, an extension to the ramp from the car park, the creation of a mobile ramp for use between the two major parts of the building, and various modifications.

      Officer Comment

      The Marindin Hall is made up of a small meeting room, a main hall and a second hall, built at various times from 1880 to 1924. The site is quite awkward, with steps up from ground level and two distinct levels within the building itself.

      The Hall provides a venue for most of the Frensham and Dockenfield voluntary groups, with people of all age groups and a wide range of interests making use of the facilities. For the most part the Hall is in good condition and the Committee have financed a range of improvements since 1995 including rewiring, decorating, a new boiler, re-felting the flat roof and renovating the floor of the main hall. This project is aimed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, to make the hall as accessible as it reasonably can.

      Recommendation

      It is recommended that a grant of £6,330 be approved.



      OCTAGON – AT THE CHURCH OF ST PETER & ST PAUL, GODALMING
Total project costs: £496,500 (phase 1 £265,500)
Grant applied for: £25,000

Project details

“The Octagon” is the name of the Parish Hall built over 30 years ago, that is attached to the Church by means of an internal corridor. The project will involve a wide range of improvements including:

q rebuilding the Octagon Hall
q creation of a entrance lobby and repairs to the link corridor
q an enlarged office
q a new meeting room
q an extended crèche
q a refurbished kitchen, and
q new toilets including facilities for the disabled. The applicants have recognised that the project should be approached in stages, and have identified the key area as the corridor, lobby, parish office and toilets within the first phase. The cost of this work has been estimated, by architects, at £265,500. Once sufficient funds are in place, tenders will be invited to undertake the work.

Officer comment

The Parochial Church Council is the applicant, since at present there is no “user group” involvement with the administration of the facilities.

Of the total estimated costs for the first phase, the applicants seek a £25,000 contribution from both Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council. The applicants have appointed an appeals committee to fund the rebuild and development of The Octagon.

The existing facilities are used for both church events and community activities. The Church Council considers that there is scope for extending the community usage once the rebuild is complete.

The applicants have indicated that £105,000 has already been raised towards phase 1 of the project and confidently predict that the balance can be raised assuming they get financial support from the Town, Borough and County Councils.

Officers supporting Surrey CC have indicated that they are unlikely to be able to recommend a grant as high as £25,000, given constraints on the available budget.

Notwithstanding the clear necessity for the redevelopment to be undertaken using appropriate design materials that blend sympathetically with the Parish Church, the overall project costs are considerable, bearing in mind the limited added value that the redevelopment will bring to the wider community.

However, it is recognised that there is an urgent need for repair work to be undertaken to the exterior of the link corridor, for the provision of a new toilet for the disabled and improved disabled persons’ access (meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act).

Recommendation

It is recommended that a grant of £7,500 be approved as a contribution to those elements of the project.