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WATCH: North-east hall receives £100k for refurbishment work

By Kyle Ritchie

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Newburgh Village Public Hall has been awarded £100,000 to fund an extensive refurbishment of the building.

The hall committee received the grant from the Scottish Government's Community Climate Asset Fund.

It will allow for phase two of the work to be carried out which will focus on making the property as energy efficient as possible.

In an announcement on social media a spokesperson for the hall committee said: "We have been awarded £100k to complete phase two of the hall refurbishment, beginning Monday.

"The money has been awarded to us by the Scottish Government's Community Climate Asset Fund.

"Out of 279 projects funded across Scotland, ours was awarded the largest grant.

"It means we can continue our project seamlessly into phase two which includes making our whole building as energy efficient as possible by: insulating the whole building, fitting LED lighting and new windows, and reconfiguring the kitchen and small hall area to make it more usable.

"The timing of this funding is perfect as we can continue work while the hall is shut anyway during lockdown.

"We should get phase two finished by early April, by which time we hope some activities might be allowed to resume with less restrictions."

Last summer, the committee was successful in receiving funding of £90,000 that allowed it to complete the works in phase one.

The funding came from a mix of developer obligations money, a grant from the Robertson Trust and local fundraising within the village. It also received a small development grant from the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund.

Furthermore the group received nearly £14,000 from the Vattenfall Unlock Our Future Fund for the installation of a new air-source heat pump system.

The phase one work focused on the major accessibility issues and involved moving the main entrance from the side to the original Main Street entrance, building an accessibility ramp, widening the entrance hallway and putting in new accessible toilets.

A video of the phase one work can be seen here

Related story: Hall refurbishment takes a step forward

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