The next stage of renovating The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Banbury is set to go ahead after Cherwell District Council confirmed further funding of £80,000.
The council along with partners Sanctuary Housing and Banbury Community Church has been examining viable solutions for the future of centre in Bretch Hill, the trigger for action being wear and tear to the building’s roof which put the main sports hall out of operation.
Cherwell District Council lead member for Banbury Futures, Councillor Kieron Mallon, said: “This money gives us a solid starting point for the next stage of The Hill redevelopment. We examined other options, including renovating the current building, but have decides a total rebuild is the best way forward.
“After years of deterioration we will soon see the Hill transformed into a new activity hub, that will offer exciting opportunities to existing users as well as attracting new clients.”
The money is being made available from Cherwell District Council’s capital budget and was approved as part of the council’s asset management plan that examines spending on the authority’s buildings.
The plan is to demolish the existing building and replacing it with a new one providing a long-term, purpose built facility, using cost-effective modular construction techniques.
The new building is set to have a positive impact on the area, providing a centre that will be well-used by the local community.
Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, added: “Sanctuary has worked in partnership with The Hill for the past three years, funding a range of their community initiatives from homework clubs to youth programmes. The recent news is extremely welcome and supports the aim of the partnership to re-provide a welcome hub for the local community.”
Renovating The Hill is a partnership project between Banbury Community Church, Cherwell District Council and Sanctuary Housing.