The Grange Park Centre Committee were delighted to be joined by representatives from the Shelthorpe Community Association, and a number of local residents for the meeting.

The meeting begun with a review of the minutes from the 7th November 2018 meeting, as the last meeting on 28th November was the AGM. A number of actions have been completed since then, including publicising that the funds needed to start building the community centre have now been raised. The legal aspects of the 150 year lease of the land have also now been resolved. An initial letter has been delivered to 60 households around the site, informing them that construction will be starting shortly. The profile of the project has also been raised with a segment on East Midlands Today, and an article in the Leicester Mercury newspaper and online. A digital 3D model (as shown on East Midlands Today) was projected during the meeting to help residents visualise the complete building.

Resident question – what is the on-going fundraising for?

Response – £670k has been raised which is enough to start building the community centre. The additional money is required for landscaping, cycle shed, fixtures and fittings. We are also fundraising for the services that will be run from the centre e.g. youth club, IT training etc. When the centre opens there will be initial start up costs to cover. The ‘sponsor a brick’ initiative will continue throughout the construction phase.

The meeting closed with a discussion about opportunities to get involved with the project – including decorating, gardening, helping at coffee mornings etc.

23rd January 2019