Plans for new Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside community centre boosted by £28,000 lottery grant

Plans for a new community centre serving Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside have moved a step closer thanks to a £28,000 grant from the National Lottery.

By Ed Dingwall
Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:40 pm

In a joint effort, the parish council and community association intend to use the money for an architect, surveys and planning preparation for the new building on Lower Lane, Chinley.

Long-time association member Phil Manford said: “The current building has served us well over the years but we are now fighting a losing battle as it reaches the end of its usable life.

“It has been a long road to get to this point but it now feels like we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s really important for the community that we secure a new building so that we can continue to offer the wide range of activities and services that we do now and more.”

Phil Manford, the centre's caretaker and a member of the Chinley, Buxworth & Brownside Community Association since its inception in 2005.

He added: “It’s great news that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our hard work and commitment.”

The two organisations have been working together for seven years to secure funding for the project.

The current building was built in the 1970s and, at the time, had an expected lifespan of just 25 years.

With a timber frame and cladding, single glazing and minimal insulation, it is now in very poor condition, expensive to run and is at risk of being condemned in the very near future.

The building has been in use for nearly double its original lifespan and is now in poor condition.

Parish council clerk Georgina Cooper said: : “This funding is testament to the commitment of the community over a number of years. Much work has taken place behind the scenes in recent years and this funding means we are a big step closer to replacing our dilapidated, but extremely well-used and loved community centre with a modern, sustainable, community building.

“We are looking forward to kicking off the project in April with our architects, d3 Associates Ltd, and look forward to bringing you further updates soon.”

Once initial planning work is complete, the council will go out to tender for a building contractor then apply for the necessary funding.

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