By Chris Harry, Stamford Mercury

Barrowden Hub is approved

An £88,000 scheme to replace a dilapidated village hall moved a step closer after plans were given the green light.

Rutland County Council planers approved the proposals to demolish the 96-year-old village hall in Barrowden and build a new community hub on the site.

A structural survey revealed a host of problems with the current building including rot, wet rot, and a leaky roof, while a lack of wall insulation makes it difficult to heat.

The project dates back to 2016 and has demanded a lot hard workand organiation from the Brrowden Village Hall Development Group, formed of six trustees.

“It’s been a long journey, but it has gone well. My team are an excellent group and we have a range of skills across the six of us.”

Paul Driver, Chairman of the development group

Ambitious plans had been previously approved in August 2020 for a £1.6 million facility to incorporate the village surgery and shop.

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