Community Gateway Association birthday bash goes off with a big bang

Celebration: Staff and residents celebrate 10 years of Community Gateway Association

Celebration: Staff and residents celebrate 10 years of Community Gateway Association

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A birthday bash went off with a big bang when a housing association celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Staff at Community Gateway Association in Preston threw a party for tenants, complete with a spectacular firework display, to mark a decade – and a move to new headquarters on the city’s dock estate.

“This event was our way of thanking all those individuals an organisations, past and present, who have contributed to the success of CGA over the last 10 years,” said chief executive Diane Bellinger.

“It also doubled up as the official opening of our new office accommodation and gave guests the chance to have a look around our new building.”

CGA was set up in November 2005 to take over Preston Council’s 7,000-strong housing stock. The local authority could no longer afford the investment needed to bring its properties up to an acceptable standard from its own funds.

The Association, a community-led not-for-profit organisation, offered to manage and maintain all the council houses and flats as part of a Government-funded national scheme.

For its first decade CGA has been based in offices at Deltic House on Strand Road. Having outgrown the premises, the company has now completed a move to new accommodation in Harbour House, overlooking the dock basin.

Scores of tenants took the opportunity to tour the new set-up as the party got into full swing. The event included face-painting, giant games and a raffle.

But the highlight was a huge firework display which lit up the entire docks complex.

“We are pleased so many of our customers, staff and their families were able to join us for the celebration,” added Diane. “I would like to thank our partners for their kind sponsorship of the event.

“Here’s to another successful 10 years providing homes and communities for the people of Preston.”