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Council’s £1 buys hall

A CHEQUE for just £1 has seen Felpham councillors buy a community facility.


The token payment was made by Felpham Parish Council to complete the deal to take over Felpham Community Hall.


It was given to district councillor Paul English (C, Felpham E) on behalf of Arun’s leader, Cllr Gillian Brown, at the parish council’s March meeting last week.


The building of the hall was part of the planning permission which Arun granted for the 600-plus homes in the location now known as Blake’s Mead.


It was constructed by the developers, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, in Meaden Way, among the new housing.


Arun’s members agreed the hall should be handed over to the parish council for a minimal sum.


The parish council, which Cllr English chaired at the time, decided to take on the hall in principle.


“Over the next few years, there was a great deal of debate and many concerns were aired and much financial forecasting. With the clerk and some councillors’ assistance, we agreed to formally move forward.


“So, here we are today, and I am accepting the £1 on behalf of Arun District Council from Felpham Parish Council,” he said.


“I believe that many thanks should go to those councillors that have worked to this end and to the other past chairman, David Edwards, and the present chairman of Felpham Parish Council, Dave Smart, and supporters and officers that brought us to this point. May there be many successful years going forward.”


It has previously been described by a parish councillor as worth about £1.2m.


The hall opened in September, 2017, and has attracted a range of community users. The parish council has been based there since the previous month but Arun is in charge of the football pitch, changing facilities, multi-use games area and the play area which surrounds the building. Before that, the parish council had met at St Mary’s Centre in Grassmere Close since it opened in July, 1995.

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