DISTRICT council bosses in West Oxfordshire have approved £65,000 in funding for a new parish hall near Chipping Norton.

A £50,000 grant and a loan of £15,000 will help Enstone Parish Council furnish their newly-built parish hall in Cox’s Lane.

Enstone’s existing parish hall in Chapel Lane is being replaced, as it was built in the 1920s from corrugated iron sheets and has limited space and facilities, with no parking.

Cabinet member for the local economy Richard Langridge said: “Village halls play an important part of community life.

The new hall has been provided by Charles Church Developments as part of a new housing scheme.

The council will now cover the cost of fitting out the new hall.

The cost will be covered by the sale of the existing parish hall for about £160,000, the district council’s grant and loan of £65,000, and donations amounting to £3,000. The new hall will serve Enstone and the two neighbouring villages of Neat Enstone and Church Enstone, as well as the six neighbouring hamlets Fulwell, Radford, Gaginwell, Cleveley, Lidstone and Chalford.

The district council’s cabinet agreed the funding on Wednesday.