The long-term future of a popular community centre has been secured after the committee of volunteers and trustees that run it agreed a new lease.
Swindon Borough Council recently agreed terms on a new 40-year lease with the trustees of Coleview Community Centre to enable them to build on their success in making the venue a hub for local people.
The community centre, which is located in Towcester Road, has been open since 1980 and has a thriving membership of 3,000 plus members within its catchment area.
A £600,000 pre-school together with substantial additional parking was added to the site almost four years ago, approved by the committee and trustees and funded from the centre’s own funds and the venue has a number of activities running throughout the week.
As well as a members’ bar and family room, the community centre runs a drawing and painting workshop, a keep fit class, aerobics and a bingo night. There is a weekly membership draw and a quiz evening, toddler groups, scouts, and cubs etc. The centre also has its own angling club and various darts and crib teams.
The signing of the lease is one of the first in a series of agreements which will see virtually all the Council’s community facilities run by volunteers.
Community Centre spokesman Ian Payne stated that they were delighted at having secured the new long-term lease as it would consolidate future and recent investment in the Centre, that includes the total refurbishment of both its Function Halls to a high specification that can provide facilities for weddings, parties, funerals etc. at very competitive prices. Details and images can be viewed on the community centre’s website.
Cllr Mike Bawden, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Projects and Transformation, said: “The Coleview Committee and Trustees have done a magnificent job and the community centre is a hive of activity throughout the week.
“This is a great example of how the community can take over the running of a local asset and turn it into a facility which benefits a wide range of people in the surrounding neighbourhood.
“I am delighted we have managed to agree a new long term lease with the committee and Trustees and I wish them continued success.”