Case studies

St Pancras Community Centre -  July 2016 

Councillor Hayward, Leader of the Council officially opened St Pancras Community Centre on Plender Street on 26 July 2016. The old community centre building on Camden Street was in bad condition, wasn't accessible and was costly for St Pancras Community Association to run.

The new building has more space for meetings, sports events, catering and childcare – and what’s more, it’s right at the heart of the new affordable homes that will be built on the site of the old community centre later in the year.

In the time it has been open, the centre has hosted a regular nursery, belly dancing sessions, bridge club and a drama workshop, as well as netball and football on the adjacent all-weather pitch. The affordable housing will be built on the site of the former St Pancras Community Association and garages on Camden Street.

Jennifer Matthews local resident said:

“The new centre has benefited me in every way really, It’s good having something to do, it makes it easier to go out and meet other parents. We can walk there in 5 minutes so it’s convenient. It’s much lighter and cleaner so it seems like it’s more open and feels more comfortable. The activities are really good and the staff are all friendly and that always helps when you have a small child. The nursery is great, my daughter, Ava really excelled at the nursery and she seems more happy and confident. She came home more confident.”

Jennifer Matthews and her daughter Ava, with Councillor Hayward, Leader of the Council at the opening of the new centre