Page last updated:
6 January 2020
The Community Hall is now open!
The Building work started on 20th November 2018, and the Topping Out Ceremony was held on 24th April 2019. Mrs Pat Adams said a few apt words and with the Sussex Flag and St Georges Flag fluttering in the wind the occasion was well marked. The building of the new Community Hall is now finished, and it was handed over to the Parish Council on 2nd September 2019. Fitting out was then undertaken, with the first usage in November. The Official Opening of the Community Hall took place on 30th November 2019, with the ceremony performed by Susan, Duchess of Richmond and Gordon.
The Community Hall is located to the south side of the Village Green on Stane Street and together they will provide opportunities for local people that have not been possible previously.
The Parish Council owns the land for both the Community Hall and the Village Green freehold. This site is reasonably
central to Westhampnett and Maudlin, and accessible from Westerton, and there is parking for 33 cars within the Community Hall grounds.
The Community Hall comprises a large meeting Hall with a properly appointed kitchen and toilet facilities. This can be used for meetings of various groups and provides the location for much wider use by the community such as mother and toddler coffee mornings, pilates classes, exhibitions etc. As the population of Westhampnett will have doubled in less than 10 years the need is there for such a facility for the parish. Parish and outside groups will be able to hire the facilities, thus generating income for the Community Hall.
The Parish Council is continuing to build up a fund towards the fitting out and running costs, utilising New Homes Bonus (NHB) monies that are available from developments in the Parish and also from Developers' Contributions (Section 106/CiL monies) that will be generated by new house-building in the area.