Oldham Council has officially unveiled a new community centre on Primrose Bank. The new facility – The Primrose Bank Centre – will provide a hub where a wide range of services and activities can be accessed not just by local residents but also anyone living across Oldham.
Members of the public are already using the centre and taking part in health and fitness sessions, housing surgeries and attending IT drop in sessions.
To ensure everyone can have a say on how the centre is run Great Places Housing Group has set up a management committee made up of councillors and residents that will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the centre.
The Primrose Bank Management Committee Group is also applying for funding to operate a work club in the near future.
The board members will ensure that the centre generates enough income to cover its costs. Great Places has also contributed £20,000 as an initial start-up grant.
Long-term resident Carol Taylor, is a member of the management committee.
She said: “I’ve lived on Primrose Bank since 1990 and I’m really pleased with all the improvements that have taken place recently.
“The estate has a great community spirit and the new centre is a place where residents can come together, access services or take part in the activities on offer.”
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “The Primrose Bank Centre is at the centre of the regeneration of this estate and I’m pleased it is now open so residents can use it.
“This new facility is right on the doorstep for tenants and means they don’t have to travel to a place where they can meet friends and take part in leisure activities and also access a range of services
“The running of this centre is a great example of co-operative working as it brings together residents, volunteers, councillors and council officers - all pulling together to make it a success.
“The regeneration of Primrose Bank and other construction schemes, such as at St Mary’s and Crossley, are transforming housing estates across Oldham.
“The building work has also seen local residents provided with employment and training opportunities and given a boost to the Borough’s construction industry.”
The centre was built by Wates Construction, on behalf of the Inspiral consortium which consists of John Laing and Great Places Housing Group. The centre will be managed for the council by Great Places and maintained by Wates Construction.
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