On 1st February, Princes Risborough Town Council took over the responsibility for the management and bookings of the Community Centre.
As part of the continued investment in the future of the town, Princes Risborough Town Council announced plans for a month-long Public Consultation in which they will they held several drop-in sessions (8th, 14th,19th & 24th October) at the Community Centre. In addition to the drop-in sessions, residents were able to complete an online survey or a postal survey. Full details relating to the consultation can be found in the latest issue of Crosstalk.
The sessions were the first opportunity for local residents and users of the Community Centre to see the proposed architectural plans for the new extension, and a chance to give feedback to the council representatives.
The proposed new and improved facility, with estimated project costs up to £750,000 includes an extension to the current building to create a new function room & bar measuring approx. 2,077sq ft, a 60-seater café, and additional toilet facilities.
Following the completion of the consultation (30th October) the Commercial Services Committee reviewed the responses and were pleased to report that 77.33% were in favour of a café facility to seat up to 60 people, 78.98% were in favour of a new Function Room and Bar, 83.44% were in favour of an external seating area facing the park, 91.02% were in favour or improved and increased toilet facilities and 77.09% were supportive of an annual increase of £1.04 (Band D) to support the cost of the refurbishment and extension of the Community Centre. Read the Consultation Survey Report.
The Commercial Services Committee proposed a recommendation to the full Town Council to, therefore, proceed with the planned refurbishment work.
At the Princes Risborough Town Council meeting held on 14th January 2020, it was RESOLVED to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government to apply for a PWLB loan of £430,000.00 over the borrowing term of 25 years for the Phase 1 of the expansion and refurbishment of Risborough Community Centre. The annual loan repayments will come to around £24,572. It is not intended to increase the council tax precept for the purpose of the loan repayments.
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Following a successful Public Consultation, major extension works on Princes Risborough Community Centre will commence on 9th March.
The extension which is due to be completed by the December 2020 will include a new function room & bar measuring approx. 2,077sq ft, a 60-seater café, additional toilet facilities, and will also see improved heating & drainage facilities for the current centre which will work alongside environmentally friendly energy solutions.
The project which is scheduled to cost £750,000 is being funded following a £430,000 loan from PWLB (Public Works Loan Board) with the remainder being covered by a £150k grant from Wycombe District Council and Town Council resources.
Princes Risborough Town Council who have managed the community centre since February 2019, have appointed local commercial contractors BEP Contracting Ltd to undertake the extension and renovation works, which have been designed by local architects Morgan Architectural Designs.
Barry Phipps, owner of BEP Contracting said “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to expand the Community Centre and to work on a local project of such importance. Chairman and Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh added “The existing facilities simply cannot accommodate the growing demand of our users and by delivering this expansion, we are certain that the centre will be enjoyed by many generations to come.