Community Association scoops cash to look at centre revamp

First published in Quarry Bank

MEMBERS of Quarry Bank Community Association are celebrating after a £9,000 of Big Lottery windfall for a feasibility study.

The money will be used to look at ways the community centre in Sheffield Street can be refurbished for the benefit of current users and how the wider community can be encouraged to use the facility.

The study will look at the possibility of providing a second hall and extra meeting rooms, a revamped kitchen area, public toilets and disabled facilities and a new public square.

It will also produce a digital survey of the centre as it is now and create CAD modelling and projection in 3D of what it could look like.

The findings and options will then be presented for community discussion and approval at the Diamond Jubilee consultation day in June 2012.

The centre is currently home to Quarry Bank Library Link but if the feasibility study is successful it is hoped that funding could be found to make improvements to enable the venue to be used further by community groups such as school clubs and older people’s organisations and hired out for adult training and education courses.

Councillor Angus Adams, Dudley’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Quarry Bank Community Centre is at the heart of the community and is well-used by local people.

“We are really grateful to the Big Lottery fund for this money which will help us look at ways of improving this facility for everyone. We hope local people will give their input to the study at the presentation findings at the jubilee celebrations next year.”

The community centre is owned by Dudley Council, who helped put the bid together, and leased to the community association who are responsible for the running of the centre.

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