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    • Proposals for a New Community Hall at S.Thomas the Apostle, Elson
      Fr. Simon Rundell, SCP
      Parish Priest
    • Overview
      Statement of Significance
      the existing Church Hall
      Statement of Need
      Mission Perspective
      Community Perspective
      Proposed Solution
      Discarded Solutions
      Funding & Timescales
    • Statement of Significance
      Elson is a small parish on the edge of Gosport with 16,500 souls in my cure
      Features in bottom 25% of IMD scoring in Hampshire
      Full-core Surestart provision in community
      Church dates from 1845 & has been subject to a process of mission-focused reordering since 2005
    • Statement of Significance
    • Current Church Hall
      Built in 1908 in an ‘Italianate style’
      Some distance from Church
      In poor state of repair
      Heavily used by local community
    • Current Church Hall Use
    • Statement of Need
      The parish believes that the buildings are tools of its mission
      Provide a focus of the local community
      Base for outreach, youth ministry and evangelism
      Source of funding to underwrite mission
    • Proposed Solution
      We submit a proposal based upon the following key principles:
      Realistic and based upon our situation
      Mission and Community Focus
      Providing quality in this community
      A desire to provide for the local community
    • Style and Position
      S. Thomas, Elson is a unique building in this community
      It would be inappropriate to mimic this
      Physical connection to this building would demean it
      Seeking a solution which is conducive to the Church & the built environment surrounding it
    • Why next to the Church?
      We can’t afford to develop the existing site!
      Distance from current church hall fractures missional opportunities
      Churchyard closed in 1908, last interment in 1927, corner of Elson Lane & Elson Road redeveloped 1967
    • Proposed Solution
    • Location
      Mature Trees do not have Tree Preservation Orders yet
      We are committed to their preservation
      Other locations on site cannot ensure such preservation
      Other locations would impose on church appearance
    • Style
      Seeking a building which is conducive
      Needs to mirror shape without parody
      Cloister-style unrealistic
      Attached to either end of Church building would detract from unique sacred space
      This solution meets our requirements within the given space
    • Construction
      Location placed over 45 graves
      Pile Foundations with ground beams to cause minimal disruption to graves and tree roots
      Any graves which still need to be disturbed to be reinterred in ossiary in the North part of the yard.
    • Construction
      The Hall comprises a single-story construction which is able to provide a large hall slightly larger than the existing one (135m2 as opposed to 100m2 at present) and the same quantity of storage space.
      Cost effective solution
    • Facilities
      Parish office
      Meeting room for small group meetings such as PCC, pastoral encounters and staff support and training.
      Soft Tarmac surface and enclosed in a small 1m fence to enable the Pre-School to meet their Foundation Stage Curriculum needs for safe outside play.
    • Parking
      Parking is not an issue
      Current hall only provides for six cars
      The Church site is a more centrally located site than the Hall, close to local schools
      A Bus Stop is immediately outside the Church, encouraging the use of public transport
      The adjacent roads (Elson Road, Elson Lane, Frater Lane) are all unrestricted parking and could easily absorb the increased traffic to that area
    • Parking
      Despite fears from local residents, this will have minimal additional impact on roads which apart from 8.30-9am and 3-3.30pm (School Pickup) are quiet
      Church Hall is not in use at these peak times
    • Parking
      The Hall Use Survey indicates that the majority of hall users access the current hall on foot.
      Usage is distributed throughout the day and the last evening hall use ends at around 9pm.
      Weekend hall use (when local residents have their cars at home) is minimal.
      The Church should be discouraging car use and healthier lifestyles by not making parking provision.
      Any parking provision would threaten the heritage trees in the churchyard and the parish is unwilling to remove any of these simply to create parking spaces.
    • Daytime Traffic
    • Hall Users Survey
    • Hall Users Survey
    • Adjacent Car Park
      It is extensively used by Park and GADSAD users and so there is little space
      That extra 100 yards makes all the difference and if users have driven to the hall, they will avoid that walk where possible
      The Car Park has a lingering reputation for insecurity, and so users are reluctant to park there at a distance from their own activity fearing car crime or vandalism.
    • Church Use
    • Traffic Conclusions
      If the parish locality on a Sunday morning (when many residents also have their cars parked) is able to absorb 10 or so cars, then one might conclude from the Hall Use Survey that the additional hall traffic would have little impact, as the times of Church Hall use and Church use rarely coincide
      When they do, it would be because a single event would combine the two of them, thus making the overall impact less severe.
    • Funding
      Elson has no resources other than the existing Church Hall
      Sale for development is the only funding option
      Developers are being approached
      Church Hall will decay and become unusable within next 5 years
    • Timescales
      Because of the Hall condition, we seek to move quickly on this project
      We envision a planning process through 2010
      ...and we pray to have the new Community Hall available by Easter 2011
    • Conclusion
      We believe that this project is one whose kairos has come
      We pray that this cost-effective, missional solution will find approval
      We seek to deliver it within a short timescale and within a tight budget
      We pray that you are able to support our vision
    • Thank You