Councillors representing Patchway are urging their colleagues to approve a proposal that would see £1.5m come from housing developers to upgrade the town’s community centre.
Under the terms of a planning approval dating back several years, the developers of 81.25 hectares of land at Charlton Hayes, Patchway (Bovis Homes) are required to support local community infrastructure.
Patchway Town Council has put forward modernising and upgrading Patchway Community Centre on Rodway Road as its preferred use for the cash. This would create significant new space for community use and provide facilities for both the existing community and residents of the new development to enjoy.
Formal approval of this plan is set to be made by South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Communities Committee this evening (Wednesday 24th July). The local Labour councillors have made a formal submission to the committee, asking its members to approve the deal.
In the submission, Cllr Sam Scott (Labour, Patchway) says:
“Patchway Community Centre has been right at the heart of the Patchway community for generations. It is a much-loved community-run centre that is enjoyed by its user groups and the wider community. It has always played its part in bringing people together at local events.”
“This proposal gives the Centre the opportunity to remain right at the heart of the extended Patchway community – supporting the development of new and existing communities in tandem. The rebuild will help promote Patchway’s existing services to new residents and community groups and will help strengthen community cohesion. It will help Patchway realise the goal of a Patchway Town Centre accessible to, and used by all, and I endorse the committee to support the proposal and support Patchway.”
Photo: Patchway Councillors Sam Scott (second from left) and Keith Walker (right) with local users of Patchway Community Centre.
Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Labour Group