Dis­abled ac­cess plan for hall at town cen­tre church

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

IM­PROVED ac­cess for peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems us­ing St Mary’s Church Hall is on the cards but funds are needed to make the idea a re­al­ity.

The parochial church coun­cil have sub­mit­ted a bid to build a ramp and new steps at the main en­trance from St Mary’s Road Hinck­ley.

Ob­tain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion looks a fore­gone con­clu­sion, but en­sur­ing the work goes ahead is de­pen­dant largely on ex­ter­nal fac­tors.

The church hall has re­cently un­der­gone a facelift and, while this has been funded by the parish, the ex­ter­nal up­date re­quires fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Rev­erend John Whittaker, vicar at St Mary’s, said: “St Mary’s hall has served the com­mu­nity of Hinck­ley for many decades by pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for a wide range of groups. These in­clude uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions, a pre-school and groups sup­port­ing mu­sic, drama, health, well-be­ing and com­mu­nity life. This sum­mer we em­barked on an am­bi­tious re­newal pro­gramme, start­ing with the roof and toi­lets and mov­ing onto win­dows and a new en­trance.

“The new en­trance is to al­low bet­ter ac­cess to the build­ing by wheel­chair users, peo­ple with re­duced mo­bil­ity and prams and pushchairs. Whilst we have raised the money for the in­ter­nal works, we are short of the funds to build the wheel­chair ramp and re­new the main en­trance. Chal­leng­ing times for us, but we be­lieve this is the right de­vel­op­ment and we hope donors will be will­ing to of­fer sup­port.”

The up­grade will mean re­place­ment of the ex­ist­ing wooden front en­trance door and frame and re­place­ment of win­dows.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceived by Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil states: “Due to the ne­ces­sity to pro­vide ac­cess for wheel­chair users and per­sons with lim­ited mo­bil­ity the ap­pli­cants wish to ap­ply for plan­ning per­mis­sion to con­struct a new ramped ac­cess along with new steps to give ac­cess to the Church Hall from St Mary’s Road.

“The de­sign of the doors and win­dows are sym­pa­thetic to the style and char­ac­ter of the ex­ist­ing build­ing and fin­ished with an­thracite grey pow­der coat­ing and will not have an ad­verse im­pact upon the char­ac­ter of the build­ing.

“The ramp and steps will be con­structed to com­ply with cur­rent build­ing reg­u­la­tions with tac­tile paving on ap­proach to the top and bot­tom steps.”

The mat­ter will be de­cided at com­mit­tee or by a plan­ning of­fi­cer through del­e­gated pow­ers.

St Mary’s Church, Hinck­ley

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.