Hall proposals unveiled

Exciting proposals to rebuild and refurbish Aberporth Village Hall were unveiled at a special public meeting this week.

The scheme which would involve replacing the ageing main hall and refurbishing the smaller 1950s festival hall has been drawn up after an intensive community survey held last year.

The findings of the survey were also revealed at the meeting.

A total of 500 questionnaires went out last summer with nearly 200 returned. The results saw the community resoundingly back modernisation plans – but they want any new hall to remain in the same location.

The village hall also runs Canolfan Dyffryn – the former village youth club. One option was for any new development to be carried out at this more modern site – but the community firmly quashed that idea.

Instead they want a more modern village hall with better heating, nicer toilets and an up-to-date kitchen. The hall’s location, its size and its parking facilities were all given the thumbs up.

The survey also revealed that the hall is intensively used by a variety of different groups but there is scope for extra activities particularly at weekends.

The hall committee have come up with a scheme that would see the 1930s-built main hall – which is composed of a deteriorating steel frame and asbestos panels – demolished, while the adjoining brick built festival hall would be refurbished.

The scheme would also include energy efficient heating, more flexible spaces and better parking layout while retaining the vintage character frontage.

The feedback meeting last Thursday was attended by around 30 people and broadly welcomed the plans.

Village hall chairman Richard Jennings said: “The committee has got together and backed this project and we are looking for the community to back it as well. We need positivity and commitment.”

The community survey results plus a structural survey carried out on the hall are published on the hall website.

Proposals for the new design

The next step for the committee is to cost the design and submit a planning application before applying for grants to fund the project.

Further public feedback meetings will be held throughout the year.

Pic: Aberporth village hall committee present the new hall proposals at the feedback meeting