Building new vision for the community

Photo Ian Robinson'Town councillor Carol Wooldridge at Penwortham Community Centre
Photo Ian Robinson'Town councillor Carol Wooldridge at Penwortham Community Centre
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Council bosses are looking for £500,000 to overhaul a busy community centre.

Officers at Penwortham Town Council are hoping to attract funding from the likes of the National Lottery and Sports England to open a new cafe and performance area at their base in Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive.

It comes after a survey of local residents revealed many wanted to see enhanced facilities at the centre which is currently used for lunch clubs, welfare rights advice sessions and keep fit. The former pub building, owned by South Ribble Council, is also available to hire out for functions.

Steve Caswell, town council manager, said: “These are really exciting times for Penwortham Community Centre.

“Following a recent survey of local residents and users of the centre, Penwortham Town Council are now looking into the possibility of fulfilling the ambitions of the survey - a new cafe area, enhanced facilities at the centre, a larger hall for shows, theatre, functions and so on.

“The first step is to contact the fund providers to judge the level of support available and then move forward with drawing the plans.”

The plans are to remove and rebuild the changing rooms to the rear of the property, and the front hall area would be extended, allowing for a stage area for shows and a cinema.

A conservatory-style café area would be built to the rear of the building, for both users of the centre and the park.

A report by the management committee states that leasing of the cafe area should be “straight forward” and “should result in an increase in revenue for the centre”.