Panshanger Community Centre set for £50k revamp

PUBLISHED: 14:30 28 June 2018

Cllr Duncan Bell and reverend Hayley Young. Picture: WHC.

Cllr Duncan Bell and reverend Hayley Young. Picture: WHC.

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Panshanger Community Centre will undergo a £50k refurbishment, Welwyn Hatfield Council has announced.

The centre will have new specialist flooring laid in the main halls, which will be suitable for dance groups, while a fire alarm system and electrical works will also be installed.

The revamp is expected to take three weeks and is planned for August to minimise disruption for existing hirers.

From mid-September, the council will continue running the building and open it up for new bookings, although priority will be given to existing hirers.

Councillor Duncan Bell, executive member for resources, said: “The centre was in need of a makeover and we cannot wait to see the building transformed.

“Our works will provide the community with a much-improved hub for local life and we are looking forward to welcoming our current hirers back come September, hopefully alongside a varied mix of new groups and activities.”

The centre will be managed by the team from Campus West, who are also responsible for running Vineyard Barn and Hazel Grove community centres in Welwyn Garden City.

Reverend Hayley Young from Panshanger Church, an existing hirer of the building, said: “We’ve been so impressed with how the team are managing the centre in this interim period.

“I think it’s a great decision to continue using their expertise.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the benefits the revamp will bring to the local community and the many people that use the centre.”

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