Community invited to view £500k revamp plans for Beeston centre

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Plans for a possible £500,000 revamp of a south Leeds community centre will go on public display this week.

People living in the Beeston area are being invited to Beeston Village Community Centre, in St Anthony’s Drive, on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 5pm to view the ambitious proposals to rebuild the facility.

The former library building was converted into a community centre in 2009 and has since blossomed into an open-to-all community hub that caters to around 300 people every week.

The Health For All charity, which manages the centre, is holding two consultation events so that the public can have their say on the plans which form part of their application for funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Toshal Bhatia, healthy communities manager at Health For All, said the existing building dates back to the 1970s, has limited capacity and is in need of a new roof. She said: “This renewed centre would provide more opportunities and learning opportunities for the local community. We are seeking to develop an innovative model for a well-managed, modern community space with first-class facilities.”

At present the building caters to several small groups from all corners of the community, including Polish and Chinese groups, a church group, family-centred activities and groups that support people with learning disabilities.

Its potential revamp would see it developed over two storeys and offer extra space for crèche facilities and confidential services like financial or health advice.

Health for All’s bid for funding has passed the first of three stages.

Its second consultation event will be at Beeston Village Library on August 4 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Pat McGeever, Health For All chief executive, added that the people of Beeston “deserve” a new community centre.

Call Toshal Bhatia for further details on 0113 2717231.

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