Refreshing plan brewing in Bottesford for new Tea Pot Hall to replace old favourite
Plans are now in motion to provide a new hall for elderly people in Bottesford.
Members of Bottesford Town Council's development and planning committee have agreed a new Tea Pot Hall is needed to replace the current building. The hall, on Messingham Road, provides a daily drop-in centre for residents to socialise.
Ron Urry, chairman of the council committee, said: "We have got to do something with the hall and get them out of the current site into larger premises.
"People at the hall have been asking for improvements to be made to the existing building.
"But this would be problematic because of the amount of work needed and the fact the building contains asbestos.
"Therefore, we have come up with some proposals and just need the OK from the full meeting of the town council.
"All the members of the sub committee are in favour of discontinuing the use of the current Tea Pot Hall when we have a new one up and running.
"I would rather let residents use the old hall right until we have a new one instead of them not having a place to go to.
"Our plans are to close down Tea Pot Hall as it is no longer viable and build a new hall.
"The best site for the new hall would be on Valley Park next to the Civic Hall and this is what we shall be telling the council."
Mr Urry said if the plans were approved by the full council, the next stage would be to consult with an architect.
Councillor Peter Sargeant said Tea Pot Hall members wanted a new, self-contained building with more toilets.
He also said the current hall was well used with about 30 people dropping in daily from Monday to Friday.
Richard Parker, of Bottesford, has been using the hall for six years. He said: "Currently, we only have parking for three vehicles and this is quickly snapped up. A new building on Valley Park would be handy because there is a large car park already there that we could use."
Wendy Booth, 75, of Bottesford, has been using the hall for 12 years. She said: "There is not a lot of room in the current tea pot hall so I would welcome a new place."