Following a nearly 300 strong petition organised by Andrea and residents, as well as extensive subsequent discussions with Wakefield Council on behalf of residents, the Council has now confirmed that Stanley Community Centre is to be leased to a well-known group in the area, the Stanley Day Nursery, with guarantees for residents.
Recently, the Council turned down Andrea's and resident's request to keep the Community Centre open, causing much disappointment in the local area.
Not giving up, Andrea and residents then successfully pressed the Council to lease the building to a well-known group in the area, with a community focus.
Andrea then asked that residents review the Council's proposed lease ahead of the community centre being leased.
The contract between the Council and the new tenant is finally set to include:
- a 15 year term,
- that the venue can only be used as a children’s day nursery and a community centre and no other purpose,
- and that a minimum of 50 hours of community use are provided per month with the Council being able to view the calendar on request.
Commenting on the latest developments Andrea said: "It has been a long fight alongside residents to ensure that Wakefield Council listen to the local community.
While I am very disappointed that the Council failed to listen to the community and went ahead with the leasing of the centre despite residents and I collecting nearly 300 signatures to stop their plans, I am pleased that thanks to our efforts we have ensured that the Council lease the venue to a responsible enterprise with guarantees for residents.
I am delighted that thanks to their hard work, residents should now be able to finally continue enjoying the centre after the stress caused by the local authority.”