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Moorclose community receives major boost

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Moorclose residents are already reaping the benefits of a £250,000 cash boost as work is completed on one of the area’s main community facilities.

Allerdale Borough Council had already allocated £50,000 to the Moorclose area. In addition, a Community Asset Transfer has taken place between Cumbria County Council and Moorclose Community Centre which has provided £200,000 from Allerdale Investment Partnership.

This money is being used to improve a complex of existing community centre buildings which include the former sixth form teaching block, the six-court sports hall which was used by Southfield School, the theatre and the library.

The £50,000 grant from Allerdale Borough Council is being dedicated to improving facilities in the popular sports hall. That includes creation of a viewing area for the sports hall and a new layout with better changing rooms, new fire door systems and lighting scheme, as well a thorough redecoration of the new facilities and the sports hall itself. The £200,000 is being used to transform the aging former sixth form block into secure and comfortable space for community use.

Allerdale Borough Council pledged to give additional support to the Moorclose area after the announcement that its aged leisure centre there was to be replaced with a new state-of-the- facility in the town centre. As a result, money has already been provided to the local boxing club and football initiatives, and cash is being earmarked for additional environmental improvements.

Outside, in the wider area, actions have included:

- Improvements to the football pitches, including new goal nets.

- New bench-style seating along key footpaths

- Major clean ups and landscaping work

- Environmental projects, particularly involving young people, including the planting of new flower beds

- The creation of a residents’ newsletter on behalf of the Moorclose ward councillors.

Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “This is us fulfilling our promise for the reprovision of leisure facilities in Moorclose. I am delighted, as a board member of Allerdale Investment Partnership, to be able to free up £200,000 on top of the borough council money. There are great people in Moorclose who are doing fantastic things – now we want to move things forward.”

Retiring County Councillor Gerald Humes, a trustee of Moorclose Community Centre, has been pivotal in its success. He said: “We are grateful for all the support to provide facilities of which we can all be proud. Allerdale Council helped us salvage material and equipment from the old leisure centre for the sports hall and the support of county council officers proved vital in taking the process forward.

“It would have been easy to walk away and let in the bulldozers but we stuck at it. We intend to repay the faith shown in us by creating a fantastic place for all sections of the community. There are now more than 40 different community groups and small businesses using the site. With support, this can only go from strength to strength.”

Councillor Barbara Cannon, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member with responsibility for finance and asset management, said: “I’m very pleased that the £50,000 this council pledged to Moorclose is already being spent for the benefit of the community. The feedback from residents has been great.”

Councillor Peter Bales, Moorclose ward councillor, added: “I would encourage any member of the Moorclose community who has ideas to improve the area to get in touch. There is some financial support available and a huge amount of expertise among the council offers which the public can take advantage of. By working together we can make Moorclose an even better place to live.”

Leader of Cumbria County Council, Councillor Stewart Young, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement and a great example of what can happen when councils work together for the benefit of the local community. I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognise Councillor Gerald Humes who has been the driving force behind this project; it is a fitting legacy for his years of service.”

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