The project is to bring back into use the former historic chapel to provide a community building which currently does not exist. There are three main aims which are to undertake a restoration of the listed building, provide facilties for use as community building (include for the disabled),and provide an environmentally sustainable energy programme where the surplus of green energy produced is sold back to the National Grid.
The historic church is a very important feature within the village, and requires renovation to the roof, windows, replacement floor and damp proofing measures to ensure its long term survival. The local Further Education College wish to be involved by providing a site to train building/joinery students as part of apprenticeships
The provision of disabled access and toilet facilities will enable the building to be used by the whole local community. The provision of a single level floor throughout is therefore essential. There is currently no community building within the parish, and residents have to travel by car to other villages near by, whereas this building can be accessed on foot due its close proximity to properties.
The use of sustainable energy sources includes a ground-heat source and photovoltaic slates. The combination of these will enable the building to be kept warm for use and damp free. The contribution from the sale of the surplus electricity generated will contribute to the running of the building. A compost toilet would be used to minimise water use, and reduce treatment costs of foul water given the building's location close to a water course.
· The project will benefit the entire community by providing access to and use of a service
· Provide educational and training opportunities by using students for the restoration and being a living example of ecologically sustainable use.
· Provide training opportunites for appreticeship students at the nearby College on restoration skills to a historic building.
· Provide a much needed community building to strengthen community relationships and networks by making events more easily accessible.
· Provide a financially viable community facility.
· Provide a building which is intended should be a net producer of energy, with minimal costs for maintenance of the composting toilet.
The need is to preserve an important historic building which is now falling into disrepair.
A Stainton Institute will be at the heart of the community, not only socially but geographically and will be accessed by most people on foot.
· Provision of a much needed community building to provide greater access to and greater use of a wider range of services and activities.
· Reservation and restoration of an historic listed building, which is an important feature in the locality.
· Significantly reduce the dependency on car to attend community events, as most people will walk.
· Aim to be a net producer of renewable energy with income from its sale contributing to financial viability of the building.
· Improved community relationships/social intergration as a result of greater access and use of services and activities
· provide training and educational benefits involving apprenticeship students through the College, and how renewable energy can be incorporated into schemes.
The project would make an enormous improvement to the community as a whole.
We will use advertisements to inform people via the Parish Council Notice Boards, the Parish Council newsletters, Parish Council meetings. Additional flyers may be used as necessary.
Advice was sought from a Quantity Surveyor, Architect, and quotes are being obtained from a number of builders.