The Heather House community centre in Parkwood now has a much brighter future following the last meeting of the Communities Housing & Environment committee chaired by Lib Dem councillor Derek Mortimer.
After the debate the committee voted unanimously to refurbish Heather House, bringing the premises up to modern standards for community use, and to build an extension to provide sports changing facilities for clubs using the out door pitches. The extension will also provide greater flexibility to meet the changing needs of users. The council also plans to build 36 market rent homes near the site, which would generate an income towards the cost of refurbishment along with the creation of the new extension. The council plans to make a financial investment for the project subject to Policy and Resources committee for final approval.
Cllr Derek Mortimer said. 'This is a project we’ve been working on for a long time and I am delighted that committee members agreed to take forward what I feel is fantastic opportunity for Parkwood. The centre is a local hub for residents to enjoy indoor sports and games and socialising generally, but it is also used by many residents borough wide. The Park Wood area has seen a sizeable increase in housing during recent years and this project will provide much needed community home for the local population'.