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Dedicated community centre gets a makeover thanks to funding
07 October 2014

A community centre in Loughborough has secured a £43,200 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.


The Ashby Road Estates Community Centre project was awarded the funding, via Derbyshire Environmental Trust, under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme.  Project works will include an extension to the building to provide a new entrance lobby and toilet facilities, as well as alterations and refurbishment of the existing building to improve insulation, lighting and fire alarm systems.  Once the development works have been completed the hub will be redecorated throughout.


The committee hope that the newly fitted out community centre will provide a more welcoming and attractive venue for community activities and celebratory events.


Tracey Riley, Chair, Ashby Road Estates Community Association, said:


“We are absolutely delighted to receive the grant from Biffa Award.  Our estate needs a thriving and vibrant community association and with the funding we can make sure the hub will provide something for everyone.  We are a volunteer led organisation and we want to make a big difference to local people.”


Ashley Russell, Charnwood Borough Council, said:


“The Council is committed to supporting local community associations in Loughborough.  We are pleased to have helped the Association secure this important funding.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


The refurbishment and renovation project at Ashby Road Estates Community Centre will not only provide a much more welcoming and attractive facility for the local community, it will also improve the energy efficiency of this resource, and we’re pleased to support it.”