Action group set to keep control of village centre

Venue: Tanterton Community Centre
Venue: Tanterton Community Centre
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An action group is set to run a community centre for another year, after proving themselves over the last 12 months.

Tanterton Village Centre Ltd took over responsibility for the Kidsgrove venue after it was “tinned up”, following the closure of Signposts.

Now, following a successful probation period, council chiefs look set to approve further grant funding for the Ingol centre for the next 12 months.

A report to this week’s cabinet recommends approval of a grant of £9,510 to the organisation for 2015/16.

It also recommends that the centre is leased, rent free, to the action group for 12 more months.

Trustee Bill Shannon said he was “delighted” at the “fantastic” news.

He said the centre had been in a “very sorry state” when the group took over, and said: “It had been tinned up for 12 months, but we’ve now made a start and we’ve got things going on every day.

“We would like to have more going on, but in order to do that we need volunteers.

“The thing we are crying out for is more people to come and help.

“It is run by volunteers but there is only so much any one individual can do, and if we’ve got more people we can get more going on.

“We have come to the end of our probation year, we’ve hit our targets, but we would be the first to say we would like to be well beyond our targets.”
He said he was “very pleased indeed” that the group was set to keep control of the centre, but said: “We are meeting what Preston Council has asked of us, but we would be the first to admit that we want to do much more.”

Preston Council’s cabinet is due to discuss the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday evening.