Greenham Parish Council remains hopeful of getting the control tower open before the end of the year, despite a report saying that all of the construction work won’t be completed until January.
Project manager Place Partnership gave the timescale in a report that was discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the council last week.
It comes as an application for a loan of £95,300 needed to complete the refurbishment of the control tower was also signed off at the meeting.
However council chairman Julian Swift-Hook has said while not all of the control tower may be completed before the end of this year, the council is hopeful it will at least be open.
He said: “We are still hopeful of getting the building opened by the end of this year as we have said.
“The last six months have involved a great deal of hard work, and I’m very pleased we have now got to this stage and are moving forward towards getting the building open to the public.”
Control tower committee chairman Jon Gage added: “We’d like to have it done by the end of this year, but there might be a little bit of slippage.
“If the café’s ready to go and the toilets, we could as a council decide to open up the facility so people can use them while the last few bits get done, but it all depends on the speed of the loan.”
Around £155,000 still needs to be spent to finish off the control tower, which has already cost approximately £700,000.
Alongside the £95,300 loan application to the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), the remaining £60,000 is set to come from the council’s reserves. While it has been signed off by the council, the application won’t be physically submitted to the PWLB until later this month.
After that, it could then be a matter of weeks before a decision is made.
Cllr Swift-Hook added: “Generally speaking, the loan board turns around these applications fairly quickly.
“The loan application is extremely detailed and very comprehensive, and I’m confident the information we have provided will satisfy the requirements of the loan board.”
The refurbishment was granted planning permission in September 2015 to turn the control tower into a café and visitors centre. It had been hoped that the tower would be open to the public in early 2016, but a series of delays has seen that date pushed back.