Work starts on Chapel Scout Hut revamp

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Work has started on a major revamp of a High Peak scout hut.

The headquarters of First Chapel-en-le-Frith Scout Group, on Thornbrook Road, will be made more accessible, modern and fit-for-purpose.

A disabled toilet and washing facility will be created, the kitchen area will be improved, and an external access door will be installed. The building’s electrical system will also be upgraded to meet modern standards, and the existing gas-fired hot water heater will be replaced with a new energy-efficient version.

First Chapel-en-le-Frith Scout Group Chairman Ian Hill said: “We are so pleased that work is starting.

“This project will provide space for both scouting and community activities, including ones for people with disabilities or limited mobility. We cannot wait for work to be complete.”

Funding for the project is coming from the scout group’s own funds, and the Veolia Environmental Trust who have awarded a grant of £29,600 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Paul Taylor, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “Facilities like this one play a vital role in our communities and it is great to hear these improvements have now started.”

The building is used by a number of groups, including a playgroup.

Work is expected to be complete by September 5, in time for the recommencement of the scout group’s regular activities.