St Agnes Island Hall Could Open By November

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

It’s likely that St Agnes’ refurbished Island Hall will be completed by November, with building work starting within the next month.

On Thursday, European ERDF funders met in Newquay and awarded the scheme £1.93m. Their cash will supplement the £205,000 offer from the Local Action Group, £20,000 from the Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, and £46,500 offered by the Council in October 2007.

Thousands of pounds have been raised by islanders from events like the craft fairs and local produce sales.

The residents have formed a charitable trust and have been able to use the value of the land, which they have on a 125-year lease, as matching funding.

The project will transform the current hall, which suffers from severe damp, into a remodelled social and meeting space including a number of small work units for islanders.

Chris Simmonds, who is on the steering committee, says the workspaces are designed to present opportunities for the next generation of people and aims to improve life on the island.

He says he’s pleased to receive the promises of money.

Diana Mompoloki says the building will be the greenest in Scilly with high levels of insulation, use of solar energy and rainwater harvesting.

The specifications exceed current green requirements and that will mean very low running costs, she says.