A new community hub serving local residents in the Bourne area of Poole moves a step closer as proposals to approve the allocation of over £200,000 towards the cost of the project were recommended to Full Council at a meeting of the Borough of Poole Cabinet on 8 January 2019.
Members were given a progress update on the proposed new hub (on the junction of Arne Avenue and Northmere Road) which involves the demolition of the old not fit-for-purpose building and replaced with a new build which is flexible to accommodate the pre-school, youth services and community activities, providing a range of services for all ages.
The new hub would provide a café, large activity hall, multi-function rooms and resource suite, an outdoor Multi-Use Games area (MUGA) as well as kitchen, toilets and quiet room facilities. The play park will also be relocated with new play equipment on nearby land.
The project is being led by the local community through the Poole Communities Trust (PCT) and Bourne Community Group (BCG) with support from the Council. The PCT will manage the hub once established.
Councillor John Challinor, Cabinet Member for Strategic Commercialisation and Estates, Communications and Leisure, said: “Improving community facilities for the local residents in the area is a key priority for the Council. The local community groups are working hard to make this facility a reality and I fully support their plans to introduce a vibrant hub that helps to improve the quality of life for residents living locally and that will have a real positive impact on the community.”
Chris Beale, Chair of the Poole Communities Trust said “The local community has wanted a modern community hub at the heart of the area for a long time. We’ve been working very closely with the Bourne Community Group and local residents of all ages on what facilities and activities they would like to see provided. We were delighted that so many local people came to the exhibition of the designs for the new hub and we have incorporated the community’s ideas. We want to have a hub that is a source of local pride and optimism and helps to transform the area. Our fundraising is going well, helped by the generous support of the Council and we hope to start the one year construction programme in the autumn/winter of 2019.”
Kerry Manning, Chair of the Bourne Community Group said “The hub will really be a place for everyone in the community to use. As well as a new pre-school it will include our new community café. There will also be activities for young people five nights a week and a wide range of activities and events for the community including sports, keep fit, jobs and training advice. You will also be able to book a room for children’s birthday parties We also aim to provide health and welfare services from the Hub. We really will be encouraging all local residents to pop into the café to find out more and join in.”
The PCT received planning permission for the new building in October 2018. Further work on the business case has taken place and subject to completion and securing further external funding it is hoped the new hub would open in November 2020.
The final decision for the allocation of the money will take place on 19th February.