Closure-planned community centre gets new lease of life

Horden councilor Paul Stradling
Horden councilor Paul Stradling
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A COMMUNITY hub which faced closure will be given a new lease of life.

Roseby Road Community Centre, in Horden, was set aside by Durham County Council as a facility it did not plan to invest in.

It was earmarked it to be shut down, but people living nearby decided to take matters in to their own hands.

With the support of ward councillor Paul Stradling, health professional Joseph Chandy Jnr and Fiona Maher, who coordinates Healthworks in Easington Colliery, they have set up the Dr Joseph Chandy Charitable Trust (JCCT).

It takes the name of the village GP for the past 40 years and the father to Joseph.

Volunteers Moya Wood, Joan Ritchie, Celia Monaghan, 
Dorothy Dowling, Florence Williams, Norma Old, Shirley Appleby and David Rollins are now moving forward to put together plans for the building with the moto of their project “putting people first.”

JCCT has commissioned 
management consultants Designrevel to produce a business 
plan after getting funding from supportive organisations.

Their plans include turning the existing building into a health and wellbeing centre which will provide care closer to home and health improvement and activities.

Coun Stradling said: “I’m fully behind these plans. Roseby Road is an excellent facility.

“It is currently under-used, but our vision is to provide a range of health and well-being activities that are much needed in the community.

“It will also allow existing users to continue their social activities.”

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