Issue - meetings
The Committee considered the report of the Head of Housing and Communities relating to Heather House Community Centre.
Committee raised the following points:-
Section 106 contributions could have
been directed towards the facility which would have secured its
That there should be a ‘sticking
plaster’ plan put in place until firmer plans had been made for the facility to be
The Centre had been run down over a number of years
with no investment being put into it.
There should be plans in place for the long term
future, looking 20-25 years ahead.
The Committee should see the audited accounts for
There was a need for a facility of this kind in the
area and if it was closed down then it would be many years before a
new community centre could be built.
The item should be deferred until the Committee have
had an opportunity to visit the facility and further information on
costings had been provided.
That several years ago there was a vision for a new
hall which would have included a doctor’s surgery, pre-natal
facilities and a café.
That the Council should carry out a consultation
with the local residents to see what they wanted from the facility
for the future.
That the redevelopment of this facility should not
be kicked into the long grass.
That there was not sufficient information contained
in the report to enable a decision to be made on the long term
future of the facility.
If the decision was to go for a deferral, then that
would seal its fate for closure.
RESOLVED: That Option 3 as detailed in the report be agreed and that the Committee receive a costed business plan for the redevelopment of the facility within 3 months.
Voting: For: 8 Against: 0 Abstentions: 0
Councillor Mrs Joy asked for her dissent to be noted that the report did not have all the necessary information in order to make an informed decision.