New look for community centre after £100k grant
Celebrations as cash pledged to refurbish popular facility
A POPULAR community centre can now be refurbished thanks to the ‘biggest possible’ grant of £100,000 from Hillingdon Council.
Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre celebrated receiving the Chrysalis grant, one-off capital funding for the improvement of councilowned assets, on Wednesday, March 9.
The centre on Harmondsworth Road, which has been in operation for over fifty years was gifted the £100,000 to refurbish areas of the “much used and well-loved” local facility.
Cllr Dominic Gilham, West Drayton ward councillor and the applicant for the funding, explained the Chrysalis process which allocates £1 million to projects across the borough ever year, and invited other local residents make their own applications.
He said: “It’s a very simple online form to fill out and the officers at the council in the Chrysalis team are happy to assist in making an application.
“I’ve made four such applications recently, all of which will bring improvements to community space in West Drayton.
“They are a new playground in the Closes Park, an outdoor gym on Stockley Recreation ground and an alley gating scheme, but this one in the community centre is by far the biggest and the best.”
Cllr Gilham also gave a sincere thank you to all the staff and users of the centre who coped so well with all the upheaval whilst the refurbishments went on.
Jackie Westbrook, Centre Manager of Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Association, said: “The Chrysalis funding has made a huge difference to the centre.
“It has transformed the facilities base for local residents, groups, and businesses to meet and work together, especially at this time with Crossrail bringing new homes and businesses to the area.”
The celebratory event to formally announce the funcing was attended by more than 50 people, including centre staff, representatives from the Council, people from local voluntary organisations and centre users.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr John Hensley, and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Diane Hensley, cut a cake and unveiled a plaque to mark the funding.
If you want to make your own Chrysalis application visit: www. h i l l i n g d o n . g o v. u k / chrysalis
n DELIGHTED: Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre are celebrating the cash boost