Parish Council Buys Community Centre

Ruddington Parish Council has announced it has now completed the purchase of the former Youth & Community Centre site on The Green from Nottinghamshire County Council for use by our community in the future.

It’ll be considering options on how to use the building (pictured above, in 2017, before it was targeted by vandals) and consulting with residents and local businesses in due course. In the short term, the Council says it intends to make use of the Community Centre’s parking spaces to help ease parking issues within the village centre.

Reg Adair hands over the keys to Allen Wood

Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Allen Wood, commented: “This is a significant milestone and the most important decision taken by the Parish Council in several decades – which is fitting as we’ve just celebrated its 125th anniversary.”

Local county councillor and Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Reg Adair, said he was delighted that a deal had been done between the County Council, the Parish Council and the local community.

Cllr Adair added: “This will be a tremendous facility for the local community to access, and one which I’m sure will be well used in the future by the youth of Ruddington and the wider community. As well as the Community Centre being a great space for organisations and groups to hold meetings and activities, the extra car parking spaces will be a welcome benefit for everyone in the village.”

The official handing over of the keys follows 18 months of discussions between the two Councils about the future of the premises – which have lain empty and disused since December 2016, with the main building having to be boarded up in 2018 following repeated acts of vandalism.

The Former Youth Centre is now in a sorry state. {PHOTO: Howard Gees}

{Information courtesy of Ruddington Parish Council and Nottinghamshire County Council via Faye Stenson at The Rudd}

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