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Saints Community Centre to close as repair costs mount to £400k

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Saints Community Centre, Solway Road North.
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L14-015 6/1/14 MBLN Saints Community Centre, Solway Road North. wk 2 CP JX ENGPNL00120140601170611

 

Saints Community Centre will be closed next April, Luton Borough Council has confirmed.

The council’s executive committee last night agreed to close the centre as it cannot afford essential repairs of £400,000.

The Solway Road North facility, which is worth £215,000, will be kept open until April 2015 to allow its users to find alternative venues.

The closure was confirmed as the council reviewed all of its community centres and decided that it cannot afford to operate all ll at current levels.

Park Town Community Centre is also under threat of closure due to low usage levels.

The council agreed that the facility would be retained until it completes its review of children’s centres.

Cllr Khtija Malik said: “While any closure is deeply regrettable, the scale of the budget cuts we are faced with means there isn’t enough money to carry necessary repairs to Saints Community Centre.

“We have however decided to keep it open until April as our priority is to work with existing users to find alternative venues in the local area so that activities currently operating out of Saints can continue as close by as possible.

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the community centre review and consultation. The many suggestions put forward for various centres has meant that the overall impact across the town is not as big as it might have otherwise been.”

 

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