Church looks for stake in development

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Members of a Spalding church have put forward their interest in plans for a community centre to be built on a town residential development.

Talks between South Holland Community Church and the district council have begun over the possibility of raising extra funds for the community centre in Wygate Park.

Plans to build a facility for use by residents were included in an agreement between South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and developers Keir Homes ten years ago.

But a proposed contribution of about £75,000 for the community centre is thought not to be enough for a “multi-functional building” in Wygate Park and the district council is exploring the possibility of South Holland Community Church becoming involved in the project.

Pastor Kevin Taylor, the church’s minister, said: “When Wygate Park was built, there were plans for a community centre to be provided and we’ve always said that we would be interested in being a part of that if it ever happened.

“At the moment, we meet at Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding but we’ve been working together for some time with the district council to have our own community building.

“If there is a possiblity of having a stake in the proposed community centre for Wygate Park, then we would be interested in running it as a facility for the community as well.”

South Holland District Council member for Spalding Wygate, Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, said: “It’s always been part of the masterplan for Wygate Park to create a community facility and South Holland Community Church is quite keen to get involved.

“The developers think they can build what was specified in the original agreement for £75,000 but that wouldn’t provide what would be a multi-functional building in that area.”