Oldham Council has officially unveiled a new community centre on Central Chadderton’s Crossley estate.
The new facility - The Crossley Centre - will provide a hub where a wide range of services and activities can be accessed not just by local residents but also anyone living across Oldham.
Members of the public are already using the centre and taking part in fitness classes, table tennis coaching and attending health, housing and financial advice surgeries.
Weekly IT sessions, provided by Great Places Housing Group, regular arts and craft sessions and parent and toddler drop in sessions are set to start soon.
The Crossley Residents’ Social Group is also applying for funding to operate a pop-up community café from next month.
To ensure everyone can have a say on how the centre is run Great Places has set up a management committee made up of councillors and residents that will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the centre.
The board members will ensure that the centre generates enough income to cover its costs. Great Places has also contributed £20,000 as an initial start-up grant.
Long term resident Rose Ogden, is a member of the management committee.
She said: “I’ve lived on Crossley since 1967 and I’m really pleased with all the improvements that have taken place recently.
“The estate has a great community spirit and the new centre is a place where residents can come together, access services or take part in the activities on offer.”
The facility has been constructed as part of the £113m ‘Gateways to Oldham’ PFI housing regeneration scheme which has delivered new, affordable housing to four areas of the borough.
The first batch of 87 houses have been completed on Crossley and these have been complemented by the construction of new shops, plus improvements to the roads, footpaths, parking, street lighting and green open spaces.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “The Crossley Centre is at the heart of the regeneration of this estate and I’m pleased it is now open for people to use.
“Residents of all ages now have a brand new facility right on their doorstep, where they can meet and take part in leisure activities and also access a range of services, such as NHS screening and advice from Oldham Credit Union.
“The running of this centre is a great example of co-operative working as it brings together residents, volunteers, councillors and council officers - all pulling together to make it a success.
“The regeneration of Crossley and other construction schemes, such as St Mary’s, are transforming housing estates across Oldham and helping to change lives in a positive manner.”
Cllr Hibbert was among the guests when Councillor Fida Hussain, The Mayor of Oldham, unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening on September 20.
The centre was built by Wates Construction, on behalf of the Inspiral consortium which consists of John Laing and Great Places Housing Group. The centre will be managed for the council by Great Places and maintained by Wates Construction.
To find out more on how you can access services at the Crossley Centre or enquire about booking the hall, contact Lynne Anderson on 07917617323 or the centre on 0161 652 1419. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org; log onto http://www.greatplaces.org.uk/ or visit The Crossley Centre, 323 Denton Lane, Chadderton OL9 9GA