Whitton Community Association's future has been secures after the Conservative led Council agreed an extension of its lease.
Over the past few months, Richmond Council has been working with Whitton Community Association, a voluntary sector group based in Whitton, which operates from a Council owned building on Percy Road.
The Association run a range of different activities, including workshops, coffee mornings, over 50’s activities, English and Maths classes for adults and children, health and fitness classes for all ages and much more. They also have a function room and other private facilities that are available for community hire.
Over the past few months the Council has been supporting the group to renovate and re-launch the services that are on offer at the building. As part of this work, the Council agreed at its Cabinet meeting last Thursday that the lease for the site will be extended for 15 years. Additionally, the Council will be commissioning the Association to run a range of community based activities for Whitton. This includes: Nordic walking classes, Tai Chi, children’s ballet classes and a disco for people with learning disabilities.
Moving forward, the Council is working with Whitton Community Association on their wider plans to rejuvenate the building. Over the next few months, they will be looking at what practical improvements can be made.
Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Community and Voluntary Sector, said:
“This is a perfect example of how Richmond Council is helping the voluntary sector. The Council is committed to working with the partners to commission and deliver local services which reflect the needs of their local community.
“Whitton Community Association has been really keen to set strong foundations for their future. They are committed to engaging with the local community to provide local services that people want and need.
“This is also our ambition. I am thrilled that we have been able to work so constructively with the Association to develop a plan that will help them secure their future and thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”
Bron Ashby, from Whitton Community Association, added:
“We are now working with the Council closer than ever before. This has brought the much-needed benefits now materialising. Secure in our tenure with the new lease we’re excited to be putting the changes in place to make our Centre a more modern and welcoming place for the whole community.
“We look forward to increasing our membership and expanding the services and activities we provide to the local area.”
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said:
"Whitton Community Association is a fantastic village resource and i am very happy that its future has been provided additional certainty with the extension of its lease. We continue to support community assets and I urge people to make use of this excellent facility."