Once again it was great to see a full room with new faces at our meeting, along with other local residents and our local borough councillor Richard Huddlestone and county councillor Ted Parton.

Since our last meeting in February there have been a number of updates:

We received notification from the Big Lottery that we have been successful with £500k from the Reaching Communities buildings fund.

We were notified that we have been awarded £10k for skills and training for the GPC charity in order to run the project. And as a result we celebrated with a cake that was kindly been donated…

We’ve launching a new video providing more information and 3D representation of how the community centre will look. This has been put together by volunteers and is live on the website homepage, and will be put on social media.

The Section 106 on the land for the community centre expired on the 31st August 2017 and as such the land is still owned by William Davis Ltd. We are currently awaiting legal documents from William Davis Ltd for a proposal to the Grange Park Centre charity to secure the land for future generations.

We have already been out to tender in April for the main contractor, however a number of potential contractors dropped out of the process because of other commitments. As a result we have instigated a second tender process, which is currently under way and will be completed during June. We have also been informed by William Davis Ltd that we will be able to access the balancing ponds for storm water, which will reduce the size of attenuation tank required under the community centre car park.

We are in the process of looking to a number of grant applications and businesses. We have were involved in a number of meetings with funders and businesses last week and have received a really positive response. On 18th May we launched the Sponsor-a-brick appeal to raise funds from the local community. We are pleased to announce that the total in pledges already reached £800 (at the time of the meeting). We will be launching a page on the website which will keep a running total of the amount raised for the Sponsor a brick appeal. Finally we launched a sponsor-a-brick video on our YouTube Channel.

We have had a number of people ask to see business cards during meetings so we have had some business cards printed that include the virtual image of the community centre.

A GPC Privacy Policy has been created and published on the website. Email was sent 13th May to ask GPC database to update their preferences.
As of 21st May 89/217 had updated their preferences. JL to send a reminder on 24th May.

After 25th May people who have not clicked ‘email’ on their process will no longer receive updates, and will be removed from the database.
Residents can add themselves to the email database via the Facebook page or website.

We’re really keen for local residents to get involved with the project, and there are a number of practical ways we need your help:

• Delivering project update fliers 15-19 June
• Sponsor a brick – visit the special donations page on our website
• Do you have contacts who can help? Please talk to your neighbours and encourage them to support the project
• Do you work for or own a business who could help? Please get in touch

23 May 2018