Bournemouth's Homes And Community Centre Officially Opens
|A long-awaited new community centre and affordable housing scheme in Strouden Park, Bournemouth, is officially open.
To mark the occasion a celebration took place at the community centre with the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Philip Stanley-Watts officially cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque to declare the facility and new housing complete.
The scheme includes 17 new affordable homes and a modern community centre built across two sites - Bradpole Road and Craigmoor Avenue - with nine brand new family houses and eight bungalows.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This scheme will increase our housing stock to provide much needed affordable family housing in Bournemouth – a key priority for this council. The new bungalows are a valuable addition to the council's housing stock, allowing some of our more elderly residents to move in to more suitable and affordable accommodation and in turn freeing up under-occupied family housing elsewhere in the borough."
Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Regeneration, said: "The new community centre will contribute to our aspiration to give young people opportunities for realising their potential and give them a positive focus for activities that may not have been available in that area previously. I wish the Community Association huge success in running the new centre and am delighted that there is a committed group of volunteers to take on this essential task which will be of enormous value in bringing the community together."
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The scheme was partly funded by contributions from other developments in Bournemouth and an £80,000 contribution from the users of the old community centre. It will also be supported by the council's housing capital and through prudential borrowing and £275,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) Affordable Homes Programme, which is set to deliver 170,000 new homes across England by 2015. The total cost of the scheme is £2.2m, £430,000 for the community centre and £1.77m for the housing.
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