Quarry Bank Community Association is celebrating a successful bid for £9,000 of Big Lottery Funding for a feasibility study.
The money will be used to look at ways the centre can be refurbished for the benefit of its current users, with a view to increasing use of the centre by other members of the community.
The study will look at the possibility of providing a second hall and additional meeting rooms, upgrading the kitchen, public toilets and disabled facilities and creating a public square. The study will produce a digital survey of the centre as it is now and create CAD modelling and projection in 3D of what it could look like. These findings and options will be presented for community discussion and approval at the Diamond Jubilee consultation day in June 2012.
The centre currently hosts a library link but, if the outcome of the study is successful has ambitious plans to offer after school clubs, older people’s groups, adult education and training courses and increase uptake of its rooms for hire.
If the feasibility study is successful then it is hoped that additional funding will be found in order to implement the suggested improvements.
Councillor Angus Adams, cabinet member for regeneration, said:
“Quarry Bank Community Centre is at the heart of the community and is well-used by local people. We are really grateful to the Big Lottery fund for this money which will help us look at ways of improving this facility for everyone. We hope that local people will give their input to the study at the presentation findings at the jubilee celebrations next year.”
The community centre is owned by Dudley Council who helped put the bid together. It is leased by the community group who are responsible for the day to day running of the centre.