Younghayes centre will open in a few weeks time

PUBLISHED: 15:31 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:44 16 October 2013

Cranbrook june 2013. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1167-24-13TI

Cranbrook june 2013. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1167-24-13TI

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Cranbrook’s first community building has been handed over to the EDDC.

The Younghayes Centre, the first community building in Cranbrook, has been transferred to East Devon District Council, meaning it’s only a matter of weeks until the building will open.

The news will be welcomed by Cranbrook residents, who have been left frustrated in the wait for the centre to open its doors to the public.

The delay with the handover of the building was caused by legal technicalities.

Cllr Paul Diviani, leader of East Devon District Council, said: “Every day a false hope dawned, but, at long last, we have the keys to the doors of the Younghayes Centre and Cranbrook has its community building.

“To all who have laboured mightily to achieve this resolution, I give a heartfelt thanks.

“To everyone in our community, gratitude for your patience and for the business users, I’m sure it will be a mighty relief to see the opportunities crystallise.”

Designed as the central hub of the new community, the Younghayes Centre will provide the residents in the first phase of the community with much-needed community space where they can hold exercise classes, toddler groups or talk to their community development worker.

The centre will also be the location of the first doctors’ surgery in Cranbrook and the new home of the Growth Point Team.

Corena Ward, community development worker at Cranbrook, said: “This is great news for the residents as this is what they have been waiting for - a proper space where the community can come together.”

The Younghayes Centre, which is part funded through growth point funding and developer contributions, was always viewed by East Devon District Council as an essential ingredient in the fledgling community.

The 820 sqm of community space has been designed to be modern and multifunctional with a layout that could be easily reconfigured as the needs of the community change.

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