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Providing a Sustainable Future For Community Centres

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                                       Providing a Sustainable Future For Community Centres

 

Bedford Borough Council is looking at the future of the six Community Centres in urban areas of Bedford and Kempston. Reductions in government funding mean that savings of £27 million have to be made from the Council’s budget, on top of £90 million already achieved. To do this the Council is looking at all the services it provides to see how it can work differently to meet these savings and best meet the needs of local residents. In terms of the Borough’s Community Centres, proposals have been put forward for ownership of them to be transferred to community groups, local entrepreneurs or business independent of the Council, providing a more sustainable future. This could allow ownership and control of the Centres by people in the local community giving them more power to decide how they are operated and maintained. The Council is currently working with existing landlords and Community Centre partners to look at how this proposal could work. Following this, Expressions of Interest are now being invited from anyone interested in taking on ownership of each of the six Centres. It is planned that any changes in the operation/ ownership of the Centres will take place from April 2019 when existing arrangements will end. Throughout this time there should be no change to the way that services are currently provided. the six Community Centres are:

 • Cauldwell Community Centre, Althorpe Street, Bedford, MK42 9HF

 • Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford, MK41 0PW

• Faraday Community Centre, Kelvin Avenue, Bedford, MK42 9ND

• Jubilation Community Centre, Moulton Avenue, Bedford, MK42 0JB

• Southfields Community Centre, Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7NR

 • Tavistock Community Centre, Princes Street, Bedford, MK40 2SX

 

To find out more about this exciting business opportunity and obtain an Enquiry Pack, please e-mail: community.centres@bedford.gov.uk  and let us know which of the centres named above you are interested in, your name, organisation (if applicable) and contact details.

 

The deadline for registering your interest is: 12 noon on 17th October 2017. In addition to the above Community Centres the council leases properties from the Church of England to provide the following centre:

• Scott Hall Community Centre, Barford Avenue, Bedford, MK42 0DS

If you are interested in operating the above centre when the Council’s lease is ended (intended to be 31 March 2019), please also use the above contact details to let us know.

 

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