Villagers have been invited to comment on proposals for a new
community centre in Steeton.
Councillor David Mullen at the planned site of the new community centre
But Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council chairman Councillor David
Mullen stressed the plans remained at an early, tentative stage.
“We’re still quite a long way from even submitting a planning
application,” he said. “But if the whole village became involved in
this I think that would be fantastic.”
He said the proposals grew out of Steeton and Eastburn’s parish
plan, produced in 2008, when reaction to the document showed a desire
for some form of community hub to help bring residents together in the
same meeting place.
The parish council responded by setting up a steering group to
examine the issue.
It has suggested a new centre could be developed next to Steeton’s
bowling green, in Skipton Road, which is owned by the parish council.
Councillor Mullen said: “We appointed an architect who came up with
some brief ideas.
“The pavilion which is already on the bowling green site is
becoming unusable. It was built 20 to 25 years ago with a lifespan of
only five years. It isn’t DDA (Disability Discrimination Act)
compliant and isn’t fit for purpose as a public building.”
He said if a new community centre was located in this area it would
not be positioned on the site of the existing pavilion, but would not
be on the green itself either.
“The bowling green is not going,” he said. “And I want to make it
clear that the plan we have at the moment is only the first draft.”
The sketch plan for the potential facility is available to view on
the parish council website, steeton-with-eastburnparishcouncil.gov.uk.
People wanting to see the plan should click on the “community hub”
Any feedback can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The statement accompanying the sketch plan says: “Eighty per cent
of the respondents to the recent parish plan questionnaire wanted
better meeting facilities to create a stronger community.
“The parish council is committed to responding to this.
“The hub would provide very flexible accommodation for use by
groups in the villages.”
It says the centre could benefit organisations such as crown green
bowlers and youth groups, while providing a venue for neighbourhood
police, library and other community services.
Coun Mullen added: “I’ve always thought of this as a five-year
project. That’s particularly the case now, with funding being so
“I’ve mentioned this topic at neighbourhood forums and it’s been
included in our newsletter more than once. If more people have views
then we’d like to know them – everything is relevant.”
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