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› LOCAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION - FOAKES HALL EXTENSION

PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT
AT THE DOURDAN PAVILION
ON SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER 11am-2pm
Come along see the plans and talk to Councillors

BACKGROUND

The Town Council has identified a major lack of space in Foakes Hall to store tables, chairs and other equipment used by hirers and proposes building a three storey extension to the side of the main hall.

Due to the multi-purpose use of Foakes Hall there are several different types of furniture used by hirers depending on their requirements. There are around 12 round tables, 20 rectangular tables, 10 card tables and 225 chairs.

The round tables are currently stored in a cupboard near the entrance, but the other tables and chairs are stored in the hall. The Caretaker moves them around depending on the hirers’ needs.


PROPOSED PROJECT

A three-storey extension to Foakes Hall on the west/car park side to provide storage for tables, chairs and other equipment comprising basement, ground floor and first floor.

Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow

OBJECTIVES

  • Storage for all the furniture, to de-clutter the Hall and other rooms, thereby increasing hiring potential.
  • Reduce the workload of the Caretaker and address health & safety issues by minimising the repeated moving of furniture.
  • Enable the scenery store to be de-cluttered.
  • Free up the round table store so that it can be used for cleaning equipment.
  • Provide storage for current long-term users such as Puffins Preschool, Pantomime and Players.

THE BUILD

The basement area could be used by Puffins Preschool for storage. Currently Puffins have to move their equipment out of the basement and up into the Hall when there is a Pantomime or Players show.

The ground floor will be on the same level as the main hall. This will provide storage for all the tables and new chairs on a wheeled racking system.

The first floor will provide an additional storage room, perhaps for hire to a local organisation.

The cost is likely to be £110,000-£130,000. The Town Council has built an earmarked reserve for this project.


Detailed plans can currently be seen:

  • At the Town Council Office
  • On display in the Foakes Hall
  • At the Tourist Information Office in the Town Library

Your views are being sought on this proposal, please answer all or some of the following questions and send your email to the Town Council: info@greatdunmow-tc.gov.uk

  • Do you feel that the extension to Foakes Hall would be an asset to provide more storage?
  • Do you think that the project offers value for money?
  • Do you think that the plans will deliver the objectives?
  • Do you suggest any changes to the plans?
  • Any other comments or suggestions?

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS - 31ST DECEMBER 2018

Any comments you give will be taken to the Council meeting on Thursday 10th January 2019, when the decision will be made on whether to apply for planning permission for the project.

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