Town community centres scoop £30,000 facelifts

Ilkeston branch of the MS society, Flamsteed centre Ilkeston. Eyes down Steve and Julie Hart

Ilkeston branch of the MS society, Flamsteed centre Ilkeston. Eyes down Steve and Julie Hart

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COUNCILLORS are expected to approve plans to give £60,000 worth of funding to two Ilkeston community centres.

If the proposals are given the go ahead at the full council meeting on March 8 the Flamsteed Centre and Abbotsford Community Centre will receive £30,000 each.

NILABE120211a1, Cllr Val Custance at the Abbotsford community centre, Shipley View, Ilkeston.

NILABE120211a1, Cllr Val Custance at the Abbotsford community centre, Shipley View, Ilkeston.

Flamsteed Centre committee member, Cllr Barbara Harrison said: “I am delighted that the council are being asked to provide the money for renovating this valuable and much-used building.

“I shall be talking to the committee to find out what work is most needed as soon as the council’s budget is agreed in March.”

The centre on Albert Street plays host to community groups and a Monday lunch club.

Ward councillor Mary Hopkinson added: “The Flamsteed Centre is very popular and is used by a large number of Ilkeston residents.

“The improvements should make a real difference and I look forward to hearing how the committee will pend the money.”

Cash will be made available to the centres through the 2012/13 capital programme.

The Abbotsford Community Centre in Shipley View is the base for a playgroup and other groups and organisations.

Lead member for communities and deputy leader of the council, Cllr Carol Hart said: “Although times are hard and we have to look closely at all the council spends, I feel that we should help the volunteers who put so much into our communities by helping at places like the Abbotsford Community Centre.

“For that reason, we are asking the council to provide £30,000 to make improvements to the Centre.”

Abbotsford Councillor Val Custance added: “£30,000 is a lot of money in these hard financial times.

“I am very grateful that the Conservatives are asking the council to spend this money on renovating the Abbotsford Community Centre.

“I’m sure the improvements will be much appreciated by everyone that uses the centre and I look forward to working with them to find out what they want done first.”