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Access for all car park at Kirkby Fleetham thanks to council grant

ByCharley Williams

Jan 4, 2017

New year, new start for visitors to Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall.

Thanks to a cash boost from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference’ grant scheme, the village hall now boasts a newly laid car park allowing access to all users of the hall.

The hall has recently been refurbished and extended, thanks to the residents of Kirkby Fleetham, the Fencotes and Great Langton whom the hall serves and who have contributed significantly to funding the project.  Whilst this has led to much greater use, the only access to the hall was across a rough and potholed gravel car park. Clearly this was totally unsuitable for wheelchairs and limited access to the hall to those with impaired mobility.

“The new flat surface allows parking immediately in front of the hall for disabled users, and a similarly paved strip to the main road allows smooth access for pedestrians and wheelchair users,” said  Brian de la Haye OBE, Trustee of Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall.

“This will ensure that disabled and wheelchair bound members of our community and visitors will be able to access the hall safely and without the need of additional help.”

“The hall plays a key role in enhancing the health and wellbeing of the community through the provision of activities that support people living independent lives.  We are grateful to the district council for the 5k grant and to the Parish Council who also contributed financially.”

Ward Member, Councillor Brian Phillips who supported the project, added, “It is great to be able to help villages like Kirkby ‘Fleetham with projects that they otherwise would not be able to afford themselves. The Making a Difference grant scheme sees us put money back into community projects which help improve life in our neighbourhoods.”

  • Cash for the scheme comes from an ongoing cost saving exercise by the council that members have agreed to reinvest in the community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – supporting economic growth, improving health and wellbeing, improving access to services and supporting a changing population.    And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.