In towns all over the country, there are community centres which are a hub of energy and at the heart of the public. Many provide events and entertainment in a safe family friendly environment.
So what about Chelmsford? There has been great news after Essex County Council announced that it has granted a 125 lease for a community centre to be built in place of the Moulsham Lodge Community Centre in Chelmsford.
The new state of the art building is worth £2 million to replace the former building after campaigners have been working to resurrect the community space have managed to form a working trust.
The group, called the Moulsham Lodge Community Trust, is being led by councillors Mark Springett and Linda Mascot, alongside Ros Webb and Lorna Fuller.
Cllr Mascot said: “The four of us brought together our designs and what we want out of the community centre and this was what our architect came up with. The plans went beyond all our expectations. The new building will be a real hub for the community and it will be a place where residents can meet for a coffee and catch up, but also go to a class and learn something.”
“It is going to be really modern and now our plan is to start fundraising as much as possible to be able to draw up the plans for the new centre and get planning permission.” The centre was controversially closed in 2005.
The present building will need to be pulled down and re-built. The new centre plans to be eco friendly, with plans for solar panels and underfloor heating to keep costs down.
Are you looking forward to it being built? What would you like to see going on in the Chelmsford community centre?