Construction work on a £2m church hall next to a medieval church could start in early 2015 if plans are approved.

Under plans St Giles’ Dell Centre with a hall, four meeting rooms and a kitchen would replace a 40-year-old hall by St Giles' in Park Lane, Ashtead.

Ashtead Parochial Church Council has submitted plans to Mole Valley District Council. Half of the projected £2 million cost has already been raised.

Jan Barker, parishioner and project leader, said: "Our existing building is no longer viable, despite regular maintenance. The fabric is disintegrating and does not meet current standards.

"We now want to provide a modern and enduring facility for the citizens of Ashtead to enjoy for many years to come.

"The new hall will provide for increasing church needs including children’s work, weddings, funerals, counselling, day retreats and visitors to the surrounding churchyard, as well as for the many community uses for clubs and private functions."

Last month Reverend Bob Kiteley was asked to resign as rector at St Giles’ and St George’s, a church community with about 750 members in Ashtead.

The Bishop of Dorking, who has care of the diocese at present, asked Dr Kiteley to resign after concluding that an allegation against him was justified.

When asked about the nature of the misconduct, the church referred questions to the Diocese of Guildford. 

A diocese spokesman has declined comment on the complaint itself citing church rules.

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