Fun for all

Com­mu­nity cen­tre opens its doors

Oldham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

NEIGH­BOURS have been jump­ing for joy at the open­ing of a new com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The Prim­rose Bank Cen­tre has been cre­ated as part of the £113m Gate­ways to Old­ham re­gen­er­a­tion project.

The scheme also saw 121 new houses con­structed and 45 ex­ist­ing homes re­fur­bished in the Prim­rose Bank area.

Res­i­dents have al­ready started to take ad­van­tage of the new fa­cil­i­ties and the cen­tre was of­fi­cially opened with a com­mu­nity fun day at the week­end.

Carol Tay­lor, who is also a mem­ber of the cen­tre’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee, said: “I’ve lived on Prim- rose Bank since 1990 and I’m re­ally pleased with all the im­prove­ments that have taken place.

“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.”

The cen­tre hopes to be a hub for res­i­dents and will of­fer a range of ser­vices. It will be run by the Great Places Hous­ing Group, which has given the cen­tre an ini­tial £20,000 start-up grant.

Coun Dave Hib­bert, cabi­net mem­ber for hous­ing, plan­ning and trans­port, said: “The Prim­rose Bank Cen­tre is at the heart of the re­gen­er­a­tion of this es­tate and I’m pleased it is now open so res­i­dents can use it.

“It is right on the doorstep for ten­ants and means they don’t have to travel to a place where they can meet friends and take part in leisure ac­tiv­i­ties and also ac­cess a range of ser­vices.

“The re­gen­er­a­tion of Prim­rose Bank and other con­struc­tion schemes, such as at St Mary’s and Cross­ley, are trans­form­ing hous­ing es­tates across Old­ham.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit face­book.com/Prim­roseCen­tre or fol­low @Prim­rose_Cen­tre on Twit­ter.

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