Facelift for hall

PUBLISHED: 16:02 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12: THE Gorfin Hall is set to have a long overdue makeover - and the town council are to bring in a chartered surveyor to oversee the work. The town's finance committee are committed to investing a maximum of £2,000 to ensure the work on the St. Andrews Road

THE Gorfin Hall is set to have a long overdue makeover - and the town council are to bring in a chartered surveyor to oversee the work.The town's finance committee are committed to investing a maximum of £2,000 to ensure the work on the St. Andrews Road hall is carried out to 'the highest standard'.The hall, used for functions, parties, meetings and social clubs, is the only property owned by the town council - and urgently needs an upgrade, including a new heating system, flooring and a kitchen. In total the work could cost £20,000 - and chairman of the management committee Cllr Steve Gazzard said they wanted to contract the work out to a local firm."The hall urgently needs a new heating system. The work has gone out to tender, but we only had three quotes, which was disappointing. We need more businesses to come forward - and I suggest we invest some money to ensure the work is managed well and the right firm brought in."He said that they had a quote from local chartered surveyor Drew Pearce for £1,675. Town clerk John Wokersien assured councillors that it was essential that extra money was used to manage the building work He said: "We need to employee chartered surveyors to help us avoid falling into traps with builders."I think we need to look at a maximum of £2,000. The overall cost could be as much as £20,000 by the time it is all put together."He added that £5,375 was available in the council's reserves: "There is funding available if it gets the go- ahead." Cllr Brenda Taylor said: "The heating is totally inadequate, and the kitchen and flooring also need doing. This is the best way forward."Cllr Steve Wragg backed the plans and said: "It is essential we carry out the work. The Gorfin Hall is the only building the town council owns, and it makes a profit.

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