Monks Hill Community Room
02/02/2019 16:50:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
In the last few weeks I have heard that GLL have raised the possibility that the community room in the Monks Hill Sports Centre could be turned into a gym. I know this caused great concern from the Over 50s lunch club.
I met with a senior Council officer last week and asked her about the GLL plans. I pointed out the following:
"When I was the councillor for Heathfield before this was built, I secured £100,000 from the council to include a community space within the redevelopment of the Quest Academy and the Sports Centre. This formed part of the planning application that was approved in 2013. The community space was to replace the Edgecoombe Community Centre which closed as it was in poor repair. If the money had not been allocated for this purpose the space would not have been included in the redevelopment. It was never intended that it should be part of the sports complex.
The Over 50s lunch club moved to the new community space when it opened and the facility included provisions to allow for this use, including separate access, toilets and a kitchen."
I don’t think GLL had been aware of the background about the community room. I get the impression that they are now backing off and the message from the Council officer is that they were only having initial discussions about it.
One of the reasons they were raising this as an idea was the lack of use of the community room. I have therefore asked for a meeting with GLL to see what can be done to increase usage and make it more available to local residents. The Edgecoombe Community Centre was very well used so there is every reason to expect that the community room would be equally in demand.