Opin­ions sought on £2m build­ing

Plans to re­place com­mu­nity cen­tre

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VIL­LAGERS can have their say on £2mil­lion plans to im­prove com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

Chal­font St Peter com­mu­nity cen­tre is set to be re­placed with bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties in an am­bi­tious 10-year project.

Chair­man of Chal­font St Peter Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion David Bur­bridge is urg­ing peo­ple to get in­volved.

His group has been re­ceiv­ing replies to a ques­tion­naire of what peo­ple want from the new fa­cil­ity at Mill Meadow in Gravel Hill, and some have sug­gested an in­crease in size.

Mr Bur­bridge said: “It is dif­fi­cult to say we will be able to in­crease the size be­cause it is in the Green Belt.

“We were think­ing maybe hav­ing two floors rather than one but that is some­thing we would have to go into with the coun­cil.

“The views of the peo­ple who use it ev­ery week will carry more weight.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion put out the ques­tion­naire about a month ago and will send a re­minder to those who have not re­turned it.

Mr Bur­bridge, who hopes to get the re­sults back be­fore Christ­mas, added: “We are chas­ing them up and hope­fully we will have some­thing fairly solid by the end of Jan­uary of what the needs are of the peo­ple who use the com­mu­nity cen­tre.”

Bucks County Coun­cil built the cur­rent cen­tre be­tween 1961 and 1962.

It is now in need of re­pair and the cost of a new fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be £1.5m to £2m.

Mr Bur­bridge added: “We are keep­ing the com­mu­nity cen­tre in very good con­di­tion but it is 60 years old and it is made of wood.

“In 10 years’ time we might not be able to keep it go­ing.

“At the mo­ment we could not re­ally cope with any more peo­ple. It is be­ing used Mon­day to Fri­day pretty solidly.

“The big­gest prob­lem is where we are go­ing to get the money from. We have not got any­where near the funds to build it.”

What do you think? Con­tact us at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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