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Packed meeting hears plans for community centre

The Memorial Hall was standing room only on Thursday evening for the public meeting organised by the Thomas Gifford Charity, the charity that is building the new Community Centre on the derelict land at the Spendlove site.

For the trustees, Ian Cox gave a presentation describing the current plans, which can be summarised as:

  • A multi-function sports hall capable of hosting indoor football/cricket, basketball etc. (the size of three badminton courts), but also capable of being reused for antiques fairs, wedding receptions and so on
  • A library and education/club space, roughly equivalent in size to the full footprint of the Memorial Hall building
  • 10 two-bedroom apartments, to be sold commercially (leasehold) to help fund the community facilities

The centre could potentially be open in mid-2015. The default funding plan is to cover the £1.1m cost using £350,000 held by Oxfordshire County Council from the sale of the old primary school site; £150,000 from the public appeal; £65,000 from Charlbury Town Council; £25,000 of the Thomas Gifford Charity's own funds; and £550,000 from the sale of the apartments. The meeting aimed to determine whether there was consensus for this approach or whether the people of Charlbury would prefer another method of raising funds.

You can download the full presentation here (200k PDF).

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 22 Mar 2013, 23:29 · Link

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