Have your say on plans for village building

Residents are being invited to see the latest plans for the £500,000 redevelopment of the Druridge Bay Community Centre in Hadston.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 25th February 2016, 2:00 pm
An artist's impression of the latest plans for Drurdige Bay Community Centre.
An artist's impression of the latest plans for Drurdige Bay Community Centre.

The event will feature displays of the plans and provide an opportunity for visitors to meet staff and talk about the proposals and the type of classes they would like to see being held at the centre.

Proposed developments include a two-storey extension of the community centre to provide a fitness suite on the ground floor and a new space and ring upstairs for the boxing club.

The information event is being held at the community centre from 2pm to 7pm on Tuesday.

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Northumberland County Council business chairman and local ward member Coun Scott Dickinson said: “We have listened to local residents who said that extending the current community centre was their preferred option and we have already had positive feedback from residents on the initial plans.

“We want to keep people informed as we take these plans forward and this drop-in event will be a great opportunity to see how the ideas are taking shape.

“By extending, refurbishing and reconfiguring the centre, it is our intention to breathe new life into the complex and provide much-needed social and leisure activities for local residents of all ages and the wider Druridge Bay community.”

The new gym will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an instructor will be employed to provide advice and guidance on health and fitness training programmes.

Coun Dickinson added: “The plans include scope for new programming in the centre’s current hall and our staff are keen to meet members of the community to hear about their ideas and suggestions for sports provision and classes at Hadston.

“This is a way to build a sustainable and accessible centre for all the community, a way to boost health and well-being for residents, and also to provide leisure facilities and activities for everyone.”

The £500,000 project is being funded by the county council’s capital programme.

It is hoped that work on the site could start in June with an expected completion date of November 2016.

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