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Winchester based community association to get new roof thanks to funding from Hampshire County Council

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Winnall Community Association has secured funding to replace the roof of its community centre thanks in part to an initial grant from Hampshire County Council.

Earlier this year the County Council awarded £12,500 towards the cost of replacing the ageing and leaky roof. At his decision day on Thursday July 3, Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, released the cash from the Community Buildings and Capital Fund so work could get started.

The County Council grant was the first awarded to the organisation for this project, the total cost of which is £81,000, which will see the entire community centre roof replaced and walls insulated.

Since securing a grant from the County Council, Winnall Community Association was awarded £63,005 by Veolia Environmental Trust and towards the total needed to complete the project, which will guarantee the life of the building for the next 20 years.

Partnership funding from the County Council's Community Buildings and Capital Fund enables the voluntary and community sector to maintain the quality of Hampshire's village halls and Community Association buildings. This money enables improvements to be made to those buildings when needed and can help new developments where appropriate to ensure that residents and local groups have access to high quality community facilities.

The Winnall Community Centre is currently used for a range of activities for local residents, including clubs and groups for children and young people and those over 50 and a movie club.

Cllr Chapman said: "I'm pleased the County Council is able to support groups like Winnall Community Association by making a contribution to the cost of building repairs or improvements to make the facilities better for the local community. The scheme will re-use and recycle products wherever possible, including the gutters and pipes. The aim is to improve the Community Centre's sustainability by improving energy efficiency, lowering its energy bills and carbon footprint, making it a warmer, more comfortable space for all users.

This will ensure that the range and rich variety of classes and groups can continue benefitting many Hampshire residents. I wish Winnall Community Association every success with their project."

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