Witheridge consultation on community centre

The Witheridge community will be asked to give their views on a proposed new Community Centre at the village s annual St John s Fayre, which will be held on Saturday June 26. Last year, the Community Council of Devon carried out a review for the Parish

The Witheridge community will be asked to give their views on a proposed new Community Centre at the village's annual St John's Fayre, which will be held on Saturday June 26.

Last year, the Community Council of Devon carried out a review for the Parish Council of the facilities available in Witheridge, during which they consulted the groups which currently run community buildings or facilities in the village. The review identified three particularly pressing problems: the parish hall has already stood well beyond its expected 30-year life span, the pre-school is very successful but is housed in inadequate accommodation and the school lacks adequate indoor sports provision.

As a result of this review, a small task group was formed to consider the need for a new Community Centre for Witheridge and the surrounding area. This group consists of representatives from the parish hall committee, the sports club, the sports field management, the school, pre-school, the parish council and a minute secretary. The task group's aim is to work with all sectors of the Witheridge community to achieve the provision of a modern social and sporting facility to serve a wide range of community groups including the elderly, children and adolescents, sporting and social organisations.

The results of a survey distributed with the village magazine show that nearly all respondents were in favour of the project. The replies represented 237 people, with a wide range of ages and interests, and have given a good indication of what people want from their future community centre. The community consultation at St John's Fayre is designed to enable the whole community to come and give their views and participate in the decision making. There will be a display in the Fayre marquee where local people can find out more about the project and comment on what the task group are doing.


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Stuart Cole, Chairman of the Task Group said: "We have chosen the St John's Fayre for the consultation because it is the biggest event of the year in Witheridge. The vast majority of people from the village come along to the Fayre, as well as many from surrounding villages".

More information about the fair will be in the St John's Fayre colour programme (on sale in village shops from 1st June) and on the village website www.witheridge-devon.com/charterfair5.htm.

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