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A new community centre, somewhere else

A new community centre, somewhere else.

As usual, a new year brings new plans.

For a few days I was entertaining the idea of opening up a coffee shop where the old one had closed. After a chat with the company that owns the building, he said they had had strong interest from others in opening up again and he’d be surprised if we didn’t have a coffee shop here again within a couple of months. We still have big plans for 2013 and hopefully I’ll be able to tell you about them soon.

Last year was supposed to be the year when the community centre was built. Guess what – still no sign of it. The initial delay from four years ago was for good reason – the original proposed location of the centre would have been wholly inadequate. Quite rightly a decision was taken to build it next to the playing fields. There is also some discussion over changing the location of a link road from the original plans written in 2002.

At the beginning of 2012 there was some movement as the council held consultation meetings with the community. A report was published at the end of the summer with the outcomes of these consultations. Sadly not a lot has been done since then. Of course, with each delay inflation increases the amount of money needed so more funds need to be found from somewhere. Money now also needs to be found for some topsoil for the playing field. This was going to be coming for free from somewhere but with the delays, this soil went elsewhere. Ours now has to be purchased.

There are more meetings between the developers, council and planners at the end of this month.

Of course, all this affects what we can do on the development. We had hoped that by now to be using the community centre for worship, toddler groups, breakfast clubs and other things. Although we are meeting of worship, it is not on the estate. We would like to start a toddler group this year bit this too may need to begin elsewhere.

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