Village hall hit by unforeseen costs

Holy Island Village Hall
Holy Island Village Hall

Building work on Holy Island’s new village hall is making progress but trustees have been hit by more unforeseen costs.

They learnt that an archaeology report costing up to £3,000 was needed before work could begin on a proposed access ramp.

David O’Connor, writing in the island ezine, said: “Many of you will recall the prolonged, if not endless, discussions had with the planners and county archaeologist and the constraints placed upon the project before we commissioned site work.

“We believed we had complied fully with those requirements; the most costly was appointing an archaeologist to overview the work whenever the ground was being disturbed and no excavation below 500mm was permitted.

“Recently, we sent drawings of the access ramp into the hall to county for approval. Because it will require some foundation work, the powers that be require the trustees to appoint an archaeologist to overview the excavation, produce a report of any finds.

“After 15 years of hard work and struggle to build up funds and at last seeing the new hall rise, this was a bit of a kick in the teeth.”