After the England v Croatia World Cup football match took over our July meeting, we were really pleased to be able to organise a replacement meeting. It was great to welcome 11 local residents including some new faces, along with our Charnwood Neighbourhood Development Officer, and local borough Councilor Richard Huddlestone.

RAISING AWARENESS

At the end of June we delivered a project update flier to over 3,000 households in the Shelthorpe ward. A big thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped with this! The flier explained the background of the project, planned timescales, contact information, and information of how to Sponsor-a-brick to support the project.

Phil Holloway videoed an interview with Paul Gadd (Chair of Trustees) on the proposed site to update followers of his local Facebook group. Visit the ‘Grange Park & Fairmeadows & The Chime & Trinity Gardens’ to find out more.

SECURING THE LAND

A lease for the site for the community centre is still being finalized between solicitors for the Grange Park Centre charity and William Davis Limited. A charge must be applied for by the Big Lottery legal team.

A question was asked by a resident about the metal fencing that has been erected this week enclosing two large areas of land adjacent to Highlands Drive and Knox Road – including the community centre site. Grange Park Centre have spoken with a representative of the owner William Davis Limited, and they will be issuing a statement shortly which we will pass through our various communication channels.

FUNDRAISING

Since the last public meeting in May, £82,000 has been secured in grants. We have 20+ applications still being considered, and we continue to apply for new grants every week.

The Sponsor a brick initiative has raised £5,859 so far – thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! We have also contacted over 80 local businesses to request support with financial donations, materials or services.

CONSTRUCTION TENDER UPDATE

We are currently going through a value engineering process with 2 potential contractors to finalise the building specification and budget. A contractor will be chosen in the next few weeks.

We are still working towards starting construction in September, but this will depend on a number of factors including the legal process linked to the land, and wait to be confirmed.

Please sign up to Grange Park Centre emails, or follow the Facebook page for updates.

Construction of the community centre is estimated to take 6 months. During this time we will continue our fund raising for different elements of the projects that will be run from the building.

BRAINSTORM

During the meeting we split into groups to brainstorm ideas to obtain the finances, skills and materials needed to deliver the project. These suggestions will be considered at the next committee meeting.

NEXT STEPS

If you are unable to attend the meeting but have some ideas, or business links that may be able to provide goods or skills as part of the construction phase, please email help@grangeparkcentre.org.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

20:15-21:00, The Studio, Outwoods Edge Primary School:

31st October – project update meeting

28th November – AGM

15 August 2018