New look com­mu­nity room is child’s play

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEWLY-RE­FUR­BISHED com­mu­nity room has opened on an es­tate thanks to a joint pro­ject be­tween Hilling­don Coun­cil and toy man­u­fac­turer Has­bro.

Austin Road Es­tate was opened to res­i­dents on July 28, af­ter the coun­cil worked with Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion and Has­bro, to bring about the trans­for­ma­tion.

The Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr John Hens­ley, cut the rib­bon to open the ren­o­vated com­mu­nity room, joined by Cllr Philip Corthorne, Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion, Has­bro staff and chil­dren and adults from Austin Road Es­tate.

Hilling­don Coun­cil and Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion ap­proached Has­bro, who funded the pro­ject and un­der­took the work. The re­sult is a freshly dec­o­rated and newly-fit­ted com­mu­nity space, com­plete with a kitchen, ded­i­cated read­ing area, toys and a Nintendo Wii for the chil­dren.

Res­i­dents will use their newly re­fur­bished com­mu­nity room as a so­cial hub and much-needed ac­tiv­i­ties base for the es­tate.

Cllr Hens­ley said: “This cen­tre will of­fer a friendly and safe en­vi­ron­ment, a learn­ing cen­tre and a hub for con­sul­ta­tion so peo­ple can come to­gether and work to­gether.

“Hilling­don Coun­cil and Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion worked hard to bring these changes about and Has­bro has left a liv­ing legacy of its gen­eros­ity and help for the com­mu­nity, thank you.”

Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for So­cial Ser­vices, Hous­ing, Health and Well­be­ing, said: “Has­bro is to be com­mended for its ef­forts and hard work in help­ing us achieve in part­ner­ship what we have here to­day.

“Com­bined with the ef­forts of the Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the hall has been given a dra­matic makeover and takes its right­ful place once again at the heart of the com­mu­nity.”

Rose­mary Alexan­der, Vice Pres­i­dent of Fi­nance-Europe at Has­bro, thanked the Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr Corthorne, the Hilling­don Play As­so­ci­a­tion and her team. She went on the say: “One of the things that is very im­por­tant to Has­bro is its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and cor­po­rate giv­ing, so we’re very proud to be here to­day. It’s fan­tas­tic to have the op­por­tu­nity to help cre­ate some­thing spe­cial.”

Anis Ahmed, a res­i­dent of the Austin Road Es­tate, said: “A year ago we came to­gether as res­i­dents with the coun­cil, to come up with a so­lu­tion for this es­tate. With the help of the coun­cil and the res­i­dents we came up with the re­dec­o­ra­tion of this hall.

“To­day we have achieved what we can see; a beau­ti­ful hall. On be­half of the res­i­dents I would like to as­sure Has­bro and the coun­cil that this room will be used for cre­at­ing bet­ter re­la­tion­ships and bring­ing peo­ple to­gether.”

“Once again, we the res­i­dents would like to say thank you, thank you very much.”

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