The future of Coulsdon Community Centre
03/02/2017 08:00:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Many residents have expressed their concern at proposals for the Council's Brick-By-Brick development company to close down Coulsdon Library and the Coulsdon Communty Centre on Barrie Close and move them both into the CALAT building.
There are a number of obvious issues with this, not least that the current Cousdon Community Centre is operating at 95% capacity and is
At full Council on Monday 30th Januar I asked Cllr Alison Butler, the architect behind Brick-by-Bricks' bonkers plan, how she can support and justify the plans. You can view the exchange online. My question is below.
"Cllr Timothy Godfrey praised the community services offered by the Coulsdon Community Centre and has been citing it as an example of best practice in the borough. Brick by Brick are currently formulating plans to shut down the Community Centre as well as Coulsdon Library and move all the services into the much, much smaller CALAT centre. Do you Cabinet member support Brick by Brick in this?"
"The Community Centre currently is at 95% capacity in a building that s 850sq m. The CALATs net internal area is only 661sqm in size. What is your message to those hundreds of residents who will have their community services cut if you continue to push this destructive agenda?"
If you were one of the parents, children or elderly residents who use the Coulsdon Community Centre day in, day out, and you heard Cllr Butler's response - would you be confident the Centre was safe from closure?
I think not.