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Leek community centre to be knocked down and moved

21st November 2012 | Construction Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Leek's Haregate Community Centre will be knocked down and rebuilt on a different site after becoming a repeated target for vandals.

The Sentinel reported that the building will be constructed on a village green near the Hare and Gate pub at a cost of £426,000.

Laura Cottingham, manager of the centre, said that it is currently in desperate need of work and there is not enough cash available to upgrade it.

"The centre is vital to the community. You have got groups from toddlers right up to pensioners coming here. People used to be worried about crime but through the centre, a lot of pensioners have got to know the youths around here," she told the source.

Currently, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council spends £7,500 each year on maintenance for the building, and it would cost another £32,000 to bring it up to an acceptable standard.

The centre first opened its doors in 1999 and was managed by the Staffordshire Moorlands Community Voluntary Service up until 2010.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801492347-ADNFCR


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