Security fencing to be built around Bilsthorpe Village Hall

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Persistent vandals have forced a parish council to apply to build a 2.4 metre-high security fence around a section of their village hall.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has now granted planning permission for the fencing at Bilsthorpe Village Hall on Cross Street.

More than 60 metres of weldmesh fencing, with four access gates, will run along the side of the building where there is a small car park and several access points to the building, which is also home to the Bilsthorpe Heritage Society.

It will also be painted black to help integrate into the surrounding buildings.

Parish council chairman, Andrea Swallow said: “It’s to stop children from getting on the roof which has been quite a bit of a problem, as has graffiti.

“We’d also be able to remove the grills from the windows.

“We wouldn’t have had to apply for planning permission had it been 6ft fencing, but this will hopefully make it more secure.

Previous fencing was pulled down around five years ago and the parish council had been keen to erect another, but has funding proved a problem.

It is hoped that funding for the project can be sought through grants.