A vicar of a church in Hucknall has started a petition to build a new door for its community hall.

St Peter and St Paul’s church, on Ruffs Drive, needs a new door on its hall so that people in wheelchairs and pushing prams can get into the building more easily.

The Rev Jo Stephens is keen to secure funding for the project if she can prove that enough people in the community support her plans.

She said: “The current door has been a problem for some people as in they have always needed assistance to get in, we would like to be able to offer them independence.

“This new door would mean everybody can gain access easier, whether that be those in wheelchairs or those pushing buggies.”

The community hall is home to many groups, such as the West Hucknall Community Cinema Club, Friday Tots and the Hucknall and Linby Brass Band.

Last year, the church applied to Wren Funding, a landfill community fund charity, but the application was refused due to a lack of community engagement with the project.

Rev Stephens hopes that if lots of people sign the petition the latest application for funding will be successful.

She said: “We’ve got many different groups which use the hall, so we have collected letters from them and asked them to give some sort of financial donation because it will indicate their support.

“This hall is the only available community space for people to hire in the west of Hucknall, it’s readily available and it’s a really popular venue so of course we want to make it as accessible as possible.”

Labour Councillor Alice Grice has also given her support to the project.

She said: “Cllr Wilkinson and I will make a donation from our Councillors Divisional Fund but we’re hoping that WREN will recognise the importance of this scheme to Hucknall residents and provide the rest of the funding.”

If you are interested in signing the petition, you can find it here.