Refurbishment ahead for popular Barton community venue
REFURBISHMENT works are set to take place to allow Barton's Assembly Rooms to be used to its full potential.
The project is set to begin in the new year and will see improvements made to the heating system, kitchen and bar.
Officials at the Community Heritage, Arts and Media Project (CHAMP) – which runs the Queen Street building – say the works are necessary.
They will enable the community facility to be let for larger functions than is currently the case.
The project is being made possible with the award of £30,000 from North Lincolnshire Council's community grant fund. Barton Town Council is also set to make a £5,000 contribution.
Neil Turner, managing director of CHAMP, said: "It is to complete the refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms, provide enhancement to the heating system and correct issues there.
"With some minor improvements to the kitchen area, it can be brought into use for all sorts of things. It is about sustainability and making it sustainable in financial terms.
"We can't let the hall for large functions at the moment, so some of it is about the heating, to bring it into full community use. We will be going out to tender soon and getting it done in the new year."
The building is owned by Barton Town Council and leased to CHAMP.
It is currently used for some town council meetings, as well as by various community groups, such as Barton Civic Society.
Mr Turner said: "It is busy for community lets but functions are harder. We would like to promote it more for music functions and things like that more than it has been.
"It has always been available for music and been used for music but there are some difficulties about using the room to its full capacity because of heating issues.
"The utility kitchen's use is limited and it requires a new cooker. We will freshen up the bar and it will become a more attractive proposition."
Barton Town Council will pay for painting and other external works.
Paul Vickers, Barton's town mayor and a North Lincolnshire ward councillor, said: "It is an important building and a great venue for the people of Barton.
"The first phase was to get investment to put a lift in and this is the next step, to bring it up another level, to a standard where hopefully it will benefit the people and be used a lot more."