Yapton hall to become emergency command centre

Geoff Westcott and Derek Ambler, of the hall's committee and YPC's Stephen Haynes and Derek Ambler
Geoff Westcott and Derek Ambler, of the hall's committee and YPC's Stephen Haynes and Derek Ambler

A GRANT of nearly £9,000 will help Yapton Village Hall to become a command centre during emergencies.

Southern Electric Power Distribution handed over the money to help to equip the community facility so it can assist residents in the surrounding area deal with crises.

The money will also install a back-up electricity generator and LED lighting in case there is a major power failure in the area.

The funding has come from the company’s Resilient Communities Fund to help local groups improve the ability of their towns and villages to withstand extreme weather.

Geoff Westcott, the treasurer of the village hall’s management committee, said it was vital the community had a plan in place for emergencies.

“When extreme weather affects a large area we can’t sit idle waiting to be rescued,” he said. “Central to the plan is having a place where everyone can stay warm and get some food during a time of emergency.”

The cost of equipping the hall was beyond the committee which made the grant so important to its plan.

Stuart Hogarth, of SEPD, said the Yapton scheme was a great example of community spirit.

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