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Providing a Sustainable Future For Community Centres

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                                       Providing a Sustainable Future For Community Centres

 

Bedford Borough Council is looking at the future of the eight Community Centres in urban areas of Bedford and Kempston.

 

Reductions in government funding mean that savings of £27million have to be made from the Council’s budget, on top of £90million already achieved. To do this the Council is looking at all the services it provides to see how it can work differently to meet these savings and best meet the needs of local residents.

 

In terms of the Borough’s Community Centres,  proposals have been put forward for ownership of them to be transferred to community groups, local entrepreneurs or business independent of the Council, providing a more sustainable future. This could allow ownership and control of the centres by people in the local community giving them more power to decide how they are operated and maintained.

 

The Council is currently working with existing landlords and Community Centre partners to look at how this proposal could work. Following this, in 2017 expressions of interest will be invited from anyone interested in taking on ownership of each of the eight centres. It is planned that any changes in the ownership of the centres will take place after April 2019 when existing arrangements will end.  Throughout this time there should be no change to the way that services are currently provided.

 

The eight Community Centres are:

 

Cauldwell Community Centre, Althorpe Street, Bedford, MK42 9HF

Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford, MK41 0PW

Faraday Community Centre, Kelvin Avenue, Bedford, MK42 9ND

Jubilation Community Centre, Moulton Avenue, Bedford, MK42 0JB

Queens Park Community Centre, 52 Marlborough Road, Bedford, MK40 4LG

Scott Hall Community Centre, Barford Avenue, Bedford, MK42 0DS

Southfields Community Centre, Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7NR

Tavistock Community Centre, Princes Street, Bedford, MK40 2SX

 

If you have any queries or wish to discuss the above proposal, please complete and submit our Enquiry Form

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