What is happening at the moment?
Each month the Next Steps group and Next Steps Finance group will provide a joint news sheet on the progress of the project.
Please download the latest copy of the news sheet by clicking on the image above or here
What is the situation with obtaining planning permissions?
SUCCESS We have now obtained permission from Huntingdonshire District Council for the entire project
SUCCESS We have obtained Listed Building Consent for the entire project
SUCCESS We have Conditional Approval from Building Control for the entire project
SUCCESS We have secured a loan for the project
Over the last nine years the improvements made to the Church Hall have proved to be hugely valuable and is now used by the community on a daily basis. As a consequence, it has actually brought into sharp focus the inadequacies of the main Church in serving the various users to the fullest potential.
Due to the generosity and commitment of church members, all loans associated with the refurbishment of the Church Hall have been repaid – ahead of schedule – and the church now believes it has the financial and personnel resources to commit to resolving the larger issues holding back the potential of the work of the church.
When will the building work commence?
Regrettably the result from the first full round of tender applications which concluded this autumn, has been that we haven’t be able to appoint a main contractor for the project. Due to the limitations being placed on everyone due to COVID-19, it has been decided that the next tender round will commence in the new year.
We will however be revising some of the scope of the tender and undertaking some of the work in the intervening period. This will start with the replacement of the windows on the north side of the main worship area.
The actual start date on site for the main bulk of the work will then depend on the successful selection of a main contractor and on any remaining restrictions caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
How will the church activities function during the period of building work?
When construction does commence, it is likely that the online services will be the means by which we deliver Sunday Services. We would hope to retain use of the church hall throughout the period of refurbishment.