1 June 2015

Residents in Wincobank are celebrating as work is soon to start on a new community centre.

The new centre will be based at the currently disused communal building at the old Newman Court sheltered housing scheme on Newman Road. Work is due to start in later this month and is expected to last for around five months, with a local firm carrying out the work.

The Council has agreed to provide £377,000 funding to refurbish the top floor of the building, which will open as the new centre, managed by local group ‘Wincobank Village Hall Trust’. The group will also raise funds to refurbish the ground floor at a later stage and hopes to access community grants not open to the Council.

There are plans to run community events in the centre, as well as activities for the elderly, young people and nursery children. It will have full disabled access. The refurbishment work is being carried out by local firm RF Joinery & Shopfitting Ltd who won a competitive tender process.

Councillor Ben Curran, cabinet member for Finance and Resources at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are committed to supporting our communities and helping them thrive.

“I’m delighted that Wincobank is getting a new community centre. It will be a fantastic resource for local people and I’d like to thank the Wincobank Village Hall Trust for working tirelessly with us to make this happen.”

Councillor Peter Price, Chair of the Wincobank Village Hall Trust, said: ”This new Wincobank Village Hall is the realisation of a dream we have held for many years.

“Ever since the demise of the old Washhouse Centre, the community of Wincobank have worked hard and campaigned to acquire their very own building and here it is. We can now continue the process of building on the great community spirit existing here and help develop our community cohesion between all groups.”