A community centre under threat from closure could now be saved after hundreds of residents came out to show their support for a campaign to keep it open.
Haywood Road community centre in Mapperley was at risk of closure as Gedling Borough Council faced yet more funding cuts from central government. But after consulting local residents and receiving offers of support to take over the centre, it is now proposed that the Council not only keeps it open but also contributes to its improvement.
A report to be considered by Gedling’s Cabinet recognises the lack of alternative community facilities nearby and the potential to expand on the activities currently offered at the centre, which includes a thriving pre-school.
The adjacent bowling green, which has not been used since October 2016, is proposed to be sold for a small housing development but, after meeting residents last night, (Thursday 27) the Council said they would consider any future propositions from the community if it can satisfy the Council’s financial requirements.
Leader of the Council John Clarke said “We’re approaching a decade of year on year funding cuts with £3.5 million more to find by 2020. This means exploring all kinds of options, many of which we’d prefer not to. I thank all those who have taken the time and trouble to respond to the consultation and offered to get involved.
“The Council welcomes the positive offer from people in the community to take on the future running of the centre and improve the offer. This is a really good opportunity for the community to work with us to bring this centre back to life.
He added: “I appreciate that some residents would want to keep the bowling green as well and if they can put together a business case that satisfies our needs then we will consider it. We have to make some difficult decisions and are doing our level best to preserve community services at the same time as balancing our books.”