The Council and project team have reviewed the 418 responses to the recent survey, which showed 266 respondents did not support the council taking out a loan.

The survey generated a lot of comment but only 28% of households in the village responded. Obviously this is disappointing and the Development Committee have discussed and confirmed their commitment to move the project forward. The project has come so far and many villagers, village organisations and businesses have put a lot of time and effort in support of the project. We can now focus on other funding options.

The project is in a good place with:
– grant funding helping us to progress the community share offer and upto a £100,000 of matched equity funding available, subject to a formal application.
– an expanding pool of volunteers.
– the Community café making such a promising start we are going to open on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 18 May, 15 June, 20 July & 17 August – until the end of the summer, from 9 – 1pm.

Congresbury needs a new village hall and community centre which not only provides a ‘home’ and supports our sports clubs but will provide a broader range of modern facilities and activities for all age groups in a growing village. As an example in the 2007 Parish survey, young people said they wanted somewhere to meet and chat with their friends. The new building will provide that.

The new village hall is a part of the Council’s Neighbourhood plan and we will continue to work with them to make the new building happen.