Hire charges are reviewed annually and the Management Committee is pleased to say that since 2011 private and commercial hire fees have not increased. Indeed, rates were reduced in both 2016 and 2017 for registered charity bookings and non-profit bookings by Billericay residents, clubs, societies and associations.
Early in the 2000s the Rooms were fully refurbished, with improved facilities for wheelchair users and improved lighting. The Management Committee are extremely pleased with the results of the refurbishment work, which has upgraded this eighteenth century building to twenty-first century standards. Over the past seven years the Rooms have been redecorated to a high standard by two Community Service groups.
This work was achieved with a huge amount of help and funds from the local Rotary and Lions clubs, plus grants from many sources including the Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Management Committee has continued to improve the condition of the Rooms and has recently installed a shutter for the Atrium, blinds for the doors and an electrically operated projection screen to allow films and similar events to take place at any time of day. In addition, a larder fridge has been added to the kitchen facilities, a baby-changing table has been added to the toilets and the hand-dryers in the toilets have been upgraded to airblade-style units.