Campaigners rally to try and save Mapperley community centre from closure

Hundreds of people in Mapperley have signed a petition in a last ditch bid to save a community centre from being sold to developers.

Campaigners say Gedling Borough Council want to close down Haywood Road Community Centre and sell off the land so it can be used for housing.

The petition and Facebook page created by campaigners claims the council will make an estimated £450k from the sale.

But local people have said that the community centre and surrounding land is the only community space they have in the area.

Resident Wendy Alvay posted on the Facebook campaign page: “The young families in the community will lose a valuable centre for social events. All ages use this space including the senior members of the community for playing bowls.”

Annette Watts posted: “We need this lovely little building and the community space it offers and all the varied activities on offer. I have been to many events and parties there.”


One of the community centre’s main users is the Haywood Road Preschool.

They recently wrote to the council’s chief executive John Robinson asking for reassurances about the centre’s future.

Since receiving the letter Gedling Borough Council has now given a guarantee that the preschool can remain at the centre until July 2017.

But the preschool’s chair, Natalie Hallam, said that continued uncertainty about the community centre’s future was now having an impact on their waiting list.

“Haywood Road Preschool is not closing,” she said.

“Because there are rumours of the community centre closing it is impacting on our waiting list as parents look for security in their choice of early years’ provision.

“Depending on the outcome of the campaign, and other influencing factors, it is possible we may only be at Haywood Road Community Centre for another year, but we hope to find alternative provision for our wonderful preschool.”

Gedling Borough Council leader, Cllr John Clarke said no decision had yet been made about the future of the centre.

He said: “We have to face tough financial decisions and we’re currently considering the future of the Haywood Road Community Centre site.

“Selling the land for development is one of the options but no decisions have been made yet.

“We have been in consultation with Haywood Road Community Centre users and this is ongoing.”

People can sign the petition by visiting

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