Councillor Matthew Grove the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s (ERYC) Portfolio Holder for Highways and Emergency Planning and I attended a recent meeting of the Holme on Spalding Moor Village Hall Committee to discuss the carpark.
This came after some delicate negotiations, and a lot of hard work by Nick Evans and the Hall Committee; I am pleased to confirm that repairs to the Village Hall carpark are to be carried out by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of the proposed work to be carried out on High Street and Selby Road. The Village Hall Committee entered into an agreement with the Boothferry District Council in 1995 for the car park to be used by the public and some repair work on the car park was done at that time. This agreement comes to an end in October 2010 and in recognition of the arrangement the Council will repair the potholes in the carpark.
The Council have also offered the Village Hall Committee the use of their contractors to resurface the carpark at cost price – obviously this will mean the Hall having to contribute financially to this at an estimated cost of £10,000.00 excluding re-marking the parking bays. This is a huge cost for the Village Hall Charity to fund, and there are no grants anywhere available for work of this kind. Car parks seem to be excluded from every type of grant.
The ERYC have also committed to providing road planings to repair the access road to the playing field running at the end of the Hall.
I am assured that the services using the car park such as the youth bus, ERYC travelling library and others will continue, after the arrangement comes to an end, however the Village Hall Committee will have to review how the car park is used after it ceases to be a public car park. The funding of future maintenance costs will also have to be addressed, possibly through the Parish Council precept, but this will be a decision for them in the future.
(Pictured with Cllr Matthew Grove (Left) and Village Hall Committee Chairman Nick Evans)