Dear residents,

As each year draws to a close, we typically watch the annual reviews detailing achievements of the past year. The Queen announces the New Year honours list and the BBC showcases its annual sports personality of the year.

For the Grange Park Centre it’s been a very challenging but exciting year and I thought it would be good to reflect on the achievements of the past twelve months before looking forward to the coming New Year.

At the start of the year we were awarded a £50,000 development grant from the Big Lottery to help us reach RIBA stage 4. We appointed the relevant employers agents, Construction Company and architects as our professional team to help us achieve this. We then spent several months working through various aspects of the design before holding a community event on the proposed site in September. In November we submitted our planning application and in December submitted our Big Lottery Reaching Community Buildings application. In November we were successful in applying for a community facilities grant of £20,000 from Charnwood Borough Council, subject to a number of conditions being met. During the year we have continued to hold monthly public meetings and additional consultation events.

The working group behind the project has worked incredibly hard behind the scenes in so many ways. As Chair I wanted to recognise the invaluable work and say a huge thanks for the personal sacrifices that many have given for the benefit of the community over the course of the year. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.

The coming New Year is looking to be an exciting time, which will have fresh challenges. We should hear by the end of January the outcome of the planning application and the outcome from the Big Lottery application by the end of February. We look forward to sharing with you in the journey, and if you would like to get involved, we invite you to get in touch via our website.

On behalf of the trustees and working group, we wish you all the best for 2018.

Kind regards,


Paul Gadd


Grange Park Centre

2017 : A Year to remember