Fresh hope for future of popular community centre

FUTURE: Tanterton Community Centre and below, Coun Bill Shannon
FUTURE: Tanterton Community Centre and below, Coun Bill Shannon
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An action group looks set to be given control of a community centre.

Tanterton Community Centre Action Group has drawn up a plan to take over the running of the community centre in Kidsgrove, Ingol.

Coun Bill Shannon

Coun Bill Shannon

The popular venue closed in May this year when its former operator, Signposts, shut down.

At a meeting next week the plan from the group looks set to being the nod.

Coun Bill Shannon, who is a board member for the group, said he believes the group can make a successful go of running the centre.

He said: “We are very hopeful, we are pleased with the report.

“What we had put in for was a long term proposal with a business plan to run over a number of years, what they are giving us is a year’s probation.”

Preston Council advertised for expressions of interest from people who wanted to take over the running of the venue.

The action group, which is now in the process of becoming a charitable company called Tanterton Village Centre Ltd, will find out at Preston Council’s cabinet meeting.

A report to go before councillors recommends that the plan is approved for an initial period of 12 months to see whether or not the group can make it a viable community facility. After that period it will be subject to a review.

The council also looks set to approve a grant of £12,860 to cover the first 12 months of operations.

The group aims to provide activities for the community and has stated that the centre will be run by volunteers.

A consultation exercise in the area had a low response rate but Coun Shannon said there is a demand in the area for the community centre to be open and available for local people.

The report also highlights that decisions over the future of Grange Community Centre and Farringdon Park Community Centre will be deferred to allow discussions with interested parties to continue.

Grange Primary School has expressed an interest over the Grange Community Centre and the Residents Association of Farringdon and Thirlmere has expressed an interest over the community centre in Farringdon. Both centres also closed down in May.