A Spalding housing development “without a heart” is a step closer to getting its own community building now residents have been called to a public meeting.
Plans to build a facility for use by residents of Wygate Park 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 was initially thought not to be enough for a “multi-functional building” in Wygate Park.
When plans for the centre were announced last year, 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.
“It is hoped the venue could bring together neighbours on the huge estate which currently lacks a sense of community.
“It always takes time to build up a sense of community on large housing estates like this and I think Wygate Park is yet to become a community.
“It is a large housing estate without a heart at the moment, and as much as I would like to say differently that is not likely to change until we get somewhere where people can meet in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Coun Gambba-Jones and fellow ward councillor Christine Lawton have been working together to plan the meeting so residents can outline their ideas for a community centre.
He said: “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.
“We don’t want to build it and then it become a white elephant, with groups saying we would use it but there’s nowhere to store our stuff.
“That is why we are holding the public meeting. We would like residents to come along and tell us what they want so we can take this idea to the next stage.”
The public meeting is taking part on Tuesday, October 22, at Spalding Primary School in Woolram Wygate, starting at 7.15pm. For more information call Coun Gambba-Jones on 01775 723818 or email email@example.com