Scouting for funds for a new home

3rd Buckingham Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts with leaders and parents and Cllr Jon Harvey, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury and fundraiser, Dean Jones, back right, at Embleton Way Pavilion.

3rd Buckingham Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts with leaders and parents and Cllr Jon Harvey, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury and fundraiser, Dean Jones, back right, at Embleton Way Pavilion.

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A Scout troop that’s desperate to escape its leaky old Scout hut and start work on a new HQ needs to raise £55,000 in order for building to begin in August.

This week, Buckingham Town Council offered to assist 3rd Buckingham Scouts by helping raise New Homes Bonus funding.

At its meeting on Tuesday night, the town council agreed unanimously to help the Scout group apply for New Homes Bonus funding to renovate the Embleton Way pavilion – as long as it doubles as a community building.

The Scout group, which is about 60 members strong, says its current building at Adams Close is in a state of disrepair, with buckets under the roof.

It will also have to be handed back to the landlord, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) when the lease expires in 2020.

The Scouts have identified an existing but unused changing room facility on Embleton Way, which has the potential to be extended and refurbished for use as the new Scouts HQ and community building.

In December 2012, AVDC granted planning permission for the Scouts to extend the empty pavilion and make it their new home.

It has also agreed in principle to granting a 25-year lease.

After the plans went out to tender, a preferred contractor has now been identified and the group hopes to begin building work in August.

Now there’s just the small issue of paying for it.

The first phase alone, which includes building the new hall, meeting rooms and toilet/shower facilities, is estimated at £108,000.

Phase Two, which involves demolishing and refurbishing the interior of the existing building, is estimated at a further £55,200.

The Scouts have so far raised £53,000 but they still need to raise another £55,000 to meet their Phase One target and begin work in August.