PITMEDDEN residents have reason to be cheerful, after much-needed renovations at the village hall began.
The upgrades to the much-used facility scheduled include new windows, work on the roof, a new kitchen and toilets.
The Hall Committee secured £50,000 of planning gain money from Kirkwood Homes toward the project, which will make the hall useable until such time as funding can be secured for a new building. They were helped by Clearview PVC and AC Construction offering substantial discounts to their work.
Spokesman for Clearview Laurence Muirhead said that the company recognised the value of the community facilities, and wanted to help.
“The hall contacted us as we are a local company, and they wanted to keep the work local,” he said. “The scale of the job is a refurbishment of the hall, all the windows and all of the inside, with new kitchen and toilets which are being done by a local lad, Graeme Cheyne, of AC Construction. We have done a lot of work over the years in the shire, which si why we cut our costs.”
Councillor Paul Johnston, who has been heavily involved in the renovation plans, said that the improvements would add value to the existing hall, and make it serviceable until a replacement could be built.
“We would still like to go ahead with a new hall - but that may be somewhere around five years and the guts of a million pounds away,” he said. “In the meantime, the present hall is still site of the playgroup and we need warm, dry facilities, so it was sheer common sense to go ahead and keep the old hall up to a good standard. These improvements will keep us going for more than five years, until we can secure the funding for a new building.”