Community Centre Roof Consultation

In 2014, the Parish Council purchased the Community Centre. When the centre was purchased the council contracted with a qualified roof specialist for a report on all the roofs especially as there was a major water leak, with the purpose of defining whether there were any major concerns prior to purchase. 

Soon after purchase in 2016, the major work on one of the roofs seemed to fix what were at the time some substantial rainwater leaks into the building.  This was followed by further repairs the following year, but on each occasion, they were only ‘temporary’ repairs as the age and underlying condition of the roof was having more effect on the ability to keep the premises watertight.

Other repairs were done to fix leaks at the back of the bar and for significant water ingress into the upstairs gym area (the buildings with metal sloping roofs). However, the leaks from the flat roofs are continuing and now causing damage internally, where more unnecessary cost is being incurred in redecoration and repair.  To date since purchasing the Community Centre, the council has spent in excess of £10k on roof repairs.

In March 2019, council requested advice from a local architect with knowledge of the type of buildings, who was able to assist us with some advice on manufacturers of different types of products.  The underlying need and vision are that whatever is done it must have a minimum life and warranty of 20+ years. Following representations to the manufacturers proposed, detailed specifications have been prepared by each, after site visits and the taking of core samples. 

The cost of this roof repair/replacement cannot be achieved from within the council’s current resources and there are no other possible sources of grant funding.  A further Public Works Loan will be required. If the Parish Council are unable to repair the roofs, there is a chance that the Community Centre would have to close.
The survey closes on 7th August 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

 1.    Why aren’t Everybody Sport & Recreation (ESR) paying for the roofs?

The lease the Parish Council has with ESR gives responsibility to the Parish Council, as landlords, to ensure the building is wind and watertight. ESR is responsible for all the interior and has invested a significant amount of money into renovation and upkeep of the Community Centre.

 2.    Shouldn’t the profits Everybody Sport & Recreation (ESR) make pay for this project?

Currently, ESR are not making a profit from the Community Centre, as any money made is going to repay the cost of all the works carried out to make the centre fit for purpose. Once ESR have broken even, any profit will be given to the Parish Council to be used within the village.  This is unlike all the other locations managed by ES&R for Cheshire East and ensures that surplus funds are retained for the benefit of the community.

 3.    Is the precept paid to the Parish Council going to increase to cover the cost of the loan repayments?
No, the loan repayments will be paid back from the existing income generated by the precept.

4.    Why does the Parish Council only accept a £1 pa rent from Everybody Sport & Recreation?
This is called a ‘peppercorn rent’ and allows the Parish Council as landlord to retain its non-business status and does not have to register for VAT.  Generally, for any work completed at the Community Centre for the council, VAT can usually be recovered.  If the council charged ES&R a full market value rent, reclaiming of VAT would not be possible.

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* 1. Have you any objection to the Parish Council repairing and replacing the damaged roofs on the Community Centre?

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* 2. If yes, please state your reasons.

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* 3. Are you a resident of Holmes Chapel?

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* 4. If yes, please provide your postcode.

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