Daventry estate’s community centre given new lease of life

The Southbrook Community Centre has held events for year for the benefit of its local community. Here children are dressed as Superhero's to celebrate the end of their Child Safety Week back in 2013.
The Southbrook Community Centre has held events for year for the benefit of its local community. Here children are dressed as Superhero's to celebrate the end of their Child Safety Week back in 2013.

Members of Southbrook Community Association are celebrating after receiving news that the lease on their community centre is to be extended for another seven years.

The assocation’s lease for the building on the Southbrook estate was due to expire in January next year.

On Friday a meeting was held at the centre attended by representatives of the association, officers from Daventry District Council, local councillors and Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris.

A spokesperson for the association said it was informed verbally at the meeting that its lease would be extended until 2023 and it was now waiting for written confirmation from the district council.

“The community centre has over the years provided a free venue for many supporting groups and services on the Southbrook estate, which fully support the families of our community,” said the spokesperson.

“This good news enables the voluntary committee to continue to provide its services to Southbrook and the surrounding area, and to seek further funding opportunities to refurbish the centre to extend its work within the community,”

Groups and services that have made use of the centre include Bromford Support, Service Six, the library service, adult dyslexia assessments, hospital outreach services and police community support officers.

The association also provides weekend craft mornings, adult learning evening classes, childcare facilities and free social events.

Last week’s meeting was attended by district councillors Alan Hills and Colin Poole.

Cllr Poole said: “The extension of the lease on the community centre is very good news for Southbrook, which is recognised as an area of social deprivation.

“The Southbrook Comunity Association does an excellent amount of work for the residents of the estate and now it can plan for its long-term future.”