Community centre opens its doors
RESIDENTS came together to celebrate the opening of a new community hub.
The Crossley estate recently underwent a major revamp as part of the £113m Gateways to Oldham PFI scheme, and the centre is the icing on the cake.
It’s hoped the new building will become a hub with a host of services and activities on offer for those who live on the estate and further afield.
It is already being used for fitness classes, table tennis coaching and health, housing and financial advice surgeries. Weekly IT sessions, arts and crafts, and parent and toddler groups are also set to start soon.
Long-term resident Rose Ogden, a member of the management commit- tee, said: “I’ve lived on Crossley since 1967 and I’m really pleased with all the improvements that have taken place recently.
“The estate has a great community spirit and the new centre is a place where residents can come together, access services or take part in the activities on offer.”
Coun Dave Hibbert added: “The Crossley Centre is at the heart of the regeneration of this estate and I’m pleased it is now open for people to use.
“Residents of all ages now have a brand new facility right on their doorstep, where they can meet and take part in leisure activities and also access a range of services, such as NHS screening and advice from Oldham Credit Union.
“The running of this centre is a great example of co-operative working as it brings together residents, volunteers, councillors and council officers - all pulling together to make it a success.
“The regeneration of Crossley and other construction schemes, such as St Mary’s, are transforming housing estates across Oldham and helping to change lives in a positive manner.”
The Crossley Centre was built by Wates Construction on behalf of the Inspiral consortium made up of John Laing and the Great Places Housing group.
To find out more about booking the hall call Lynne Anderson on 07917 617 323 or 0161 652 1419 or email crossleycentre@ gmail.com.
● Above, Rose Ogden outside the new centre, nd right, Mayor Coun Fida Hussain plays table tennis with Amir Hussain