Andrea, who has been working with lead residents and the Council to ensure that Stanley Community Centre remains accessible to the community despite the Council’s plans to go ahead with the transfer, is asking for comments on the proposed lease for the Centre.
Following on from Wakefield Council’s decision to reject Andrea’s and the community’s petition to save the Centre, despite it being supported by over 300 local residents and their MP, Andrea has been working with lead residents and the Council to ensure that the voice of the community is heard.
Following from this, the Council have now shared the details of the proposed tenant and lease with the public and Andrea has written to lead residents as well as spoken to the community to hear their views on the proposed lease to ensure that the agreement that the Council sign with the Day Nursery is acceptable to residents.
Overall the Council is, amongst other details, proposing:
- a 15 year lease 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, “Thank you very much for everyone’s efforts to save this community centre for all residents.
I am appalled at the fact that the Council have rejected the community’s petition and keep this lively centre, particularly as it was supported by so many in the community and given that the Council have approved so many new homes in this area.
The Council has not been the most forthright in their clarity, transparency and communication with residents throughout the entire process, however I am pleased that following pressure from our group and the community, the Stanley Community Centre is being leased to a well-known group in the area, the Stanley Day Nursery.
I look forward to hearing from any resident’s comments on the proposed lease and hopefully, thanks to our strong determination, the community will have an adequate community centre despite the Council’s plans.”