Housing developer plugs funding gap to repair village’s only public building
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Communities and also in Housing
Mick Barnett, Honorary Secretary of the Eastfield Community Centre, and Richard Coy, Partnerships Manager at Keepmoat.
A local community centre will be water tight this winter thanks to housing and regeneration specialists, Keepmoat, which stepped in to plug the centre’s funding gap.
Staff from Eastfield Community Centre have praised the company, which is building nearly 700 new homes in nearby Middle Deepdale, after it offered to pay for and install new guttering.
The centre, which has been a hub for the community since it was built in 1966, was in desperate need of repair as water cascaded in whenever it rained.
The only public building in the village, the centre is used by both the young and elderly every day of the week.
“Without Keepmoat we would be issuing people with swimming costumes,” said 70-year-old Mick Barnett, Honorary Secretary of the centre.
The work carried out by Keepmoat took a day to complete and has ensured the building is water tight ahead of winter.
Used for everything from yoga to Parish Council meetings, visitors to the centre can now make use the facilities without the fear of puddles.
Mick continued: “The existing guttering was rotten beyond repair and we simply didn’t have the funds to be able to pay for the work ourselves.
“Without Keepmoat I don’t know what we would have done.”
Keepmoat is currently developing a £7m housing scheme which will see 121 new homes built on the first phase as part of the Middle Deepdale development. The company offered to carry out the work after booking the centre for a recent ‘Meet the Developer’ event.
Richard Coy, Partnerships Manager at Keepmoat, said: “We are delighted to have been able to come to the rescue of the centre, which is at the heart of this great community.”