Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
The proposed Grange Park Centre (GPC) has received a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings Fund. Paul Gadd, GPC chair and trustee, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the grant by the Big Lottery after many years of hard work. This will provide the foundation for a fantastic community-focused space at the heart of Loughborough South and provide opportunities to impact present and future generations.” The project has been supported by Charnwood Borough Council, local councillors and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan. She said: “This is a significant amount of money and demonstrates just how highly the Big Lottery rate the Grange Park Centre project. The whole GPC team have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage and I believe they will create a fabulous community hub for the whole Grange Park area.” The original outline planning application for the Grange Park Estate was granted back in 2002 and detailed planning permission for the ‘Local Centre’ was granted in 2009. This included a health centre, place of worship, shops, and a community centre building, but these have not been built. Bob Newnham, chair of Haddon Way Residents Association, said: “The housing estate has expanded rapidly but without the facilities that are needed to make it a cohesive community. The planned community centre will help facilitate the activities residents have been demanding for years.” Ingrid Cunningham, Shelthorpe Community Association member, added: “The centre will benefit all residents in the area. We are delighted to be part of the project team.” The project has also been awarded a £10,000 Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant to provide skill assessment and training along with a £20,000 Community Facilities Grant from Charnwood Borough Council in 2017. Charnwood Borough Council unanimously approved the Grange Park Centre planning application at a meeting in February 2018. The final design includes a main hall, three meeting rooms, a business hub with five rentable desks, and a 36-space car park. The project team are now focusing on grant applications to secure the remaining funding needed, including the fixtures and fittings and a part-time centre manager for the first year. Local Southfields councillor David Hayes has been active in supporting the project – both in terms of lobbying the Big Lottery and working with fellow councillors and officers to ensure that the project has gone out smoothly.  “Although there are concerns about the potential impact of the centre”, commented David, “it is a relief that, finally, something such as this is happening in the middle of this part of the ward which has been denied any such facilities for so long”.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
The proposed Grange Park Centre (GPC) has received a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings Fund. Paul Gadd, GPC chair and trustee, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the grant by the Big Lottery after many years of hard work. This will provide the foundation for a fantastic community-focused space at the heart of Loughborough South and provide opportunities to impact present and future generations.” The project has been supported by Charnwood Borough Council, local councillors and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan. She said: “This is a significant amount of money and demonstrates just how highly the Big Lottery rate the Grange Park Centre project. The whole GPC team have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage and I believe they will create a fabulous community hub for the whole Grange Park area.” The original outline planning application for the Grange Park Estate was granted back in 2002 and detailed planning permission for the ‘Local Centre’ was granted in 2009. This included a health centre, place of worship, shops, and a community centre building, but these have not been built. Bob Newnham, chair of Haddon Way Residents Association, said: “The housing estate has expanded rapidly but without the facilities that are needed to make it a cohesive community. The planned community centre will help facilitate the activities residents have been demanding for years.” Ingrid Cunningham, Shelthorpe Community Association member, added: “The centre will benefit all residents in the area. We are delighted to be part of the project team.” The project has also been awarded a £10,000 Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant to provide skill assessment and training along with a £20,000 Community Facilities Grant from Charnwood Borough Council in 2017. Charnwood Borough Council unanimously approved the Grange Park Centre planning application at a meeting in February 2018. The final design includes a main hall, three meeting rooms, a business hub with five rentable desks, and a 36-space car park. The project team are now focusing on grant applications to secure the remaining funding needed, including the fixtures and fittings and a part-time centre manager for the first year. Local Southfields councillor David Hayes has been active in supporting the project – both in terms of lobbying the Big Lottery and working with fellow councillors and officers to ensure that the project has gone out smoothly.  “Although there are concerns about the potential impact of the centre”, commented David, “it is a relief that, finally, something such as this is happening in the middle of this part of the ward which has been denied any such facilities for so long”.