Simont wrote:The field on Park Lane is not in the Conservation area.
We have taken advice on highways matters. We have been advised that creating a new access road off the A4 to meet the latest regulations would be difficult given the size of splay lines we would need and the proximity to other junctions. Marsh Lane would also be very difficult. We need two way traffic flow to any potential site but Marsh lane is too narrow in many parts for that and it would be impractical to attempt to widen a large length of lane as it would involve encroaching into people's gardens. Also Marsh Lane has an unrestricted speed limit (according to the law you can do 60 mph on there) and so creating a new entrance would be more difficult. From a highways point of view Park Lane is by far the best site. Two way traffic could easily be achieved on Park Lane as far as the gate with a small amount of road widening. Its close proximity to the A4 also greatly reduces access impact compared to Marsh Lane for example.
Park Lane is used extensively by farm vehicles, combined harvesters, tractors etc. Delivery vehicles include articulated HGV lorries and milk collection tankers - is this really a village lane that needs more traffic or can this traffic be diverted through the village!!!!! Don't think so!!!!!! Is this carving up of a small village lane really necessary and in the interest of the village as a whole, to achieve a village hall with lots of car parking spaces and excess noise just to accommodate users from outside of the village.
Does the existing village hall not pay its way as being a CHARITY I was under the impression that it only has to cover its costs plus maintenance etc. Surely the cost of extensive groundwork and building a new Village Hall is going to cost a HUGE amount of money and therefore the costs of hiring out the hall to anyone will have to be increased greatly from the rates that people currently enjoy!!!!!!
If people need larger hall facilities then the Town Hall in Calne and the Village Hall at Compton Bassett are both advertising space to rent. Why does Cherhill need such a large village hall and a huge car park when there are lots of facilities already in the area.