Good progress continues to be made. Building regulations approval has been successfully obtained, albeit with a few conditions that were to be expected, and these will be addressed at the appropriate time. The Parish Council is currently reviewing the detailed specifications prepared by the architect, paying particular attention to fixtures, fittings and finishes.
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Meetings have taken place with the Post Office and Mr Kumar and outline proposals for the move of the Post Office and Stores into temporary accommodation and then back into the new enlarged premises have been prepared. More work is required to complete the detailed arrangements. Looking ahead, the intention is to convert the left hand half of the main building over both floors for use as temporary accommodation for the shop whilst work on the existing shop area to extend it and construct the accommodation above is completed. It is anticipated that some demolition and groundwork will have to be completed to the rear of the building ahead of this. However, there are several months of work to complete at the very least before a building contractor can even be appointed.
Once the detailed specifications have been reviewed, revised and signed off, the Quantity Surveyor will prepare the detailed costings and the tendering exercise can be initiated. The detailed costings will help us to refine the requirement enabling the application for authority to borrow from the Public Works Loans Board since funding must of course be secured before a contract can be let.
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