New look for com­mu­nity cen­tre af­ter £100k grant

Cel­e­bra­tions as cash pledged to re­fur­bish pop­u­lar fa­cil­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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