Com­mu­nity cen­tre opens its doors

Oldham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - RUHU­BIA AK­BOR ruhu­bia.ak­bor@men­ @ruhu­bi­aak­bor

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@

● Above, Rose Og­den out­side the new cen­tre, nd right, Mayor Coun Fida Hus­sain plays ta­ble ten­nis with Amir Hus­sain

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