After carrying out a condition survey in 2014, and assessing demand and the space available, the Trustees of Fleetville Community Centre agreed to proceed with their intention to replace the current building in Royal Road. Not that it would be an easy decision to make, nor an inexpensive one.
In 2015 a preliminary proposal was made and discussions held with current user groups at the Centre.
Since 2012 the Government's Localism Act (2011) has enabled communities to take more control of community developments in their area. This is a process which St Albans City & District Council has embraced, and the Community Centre Trust is working with the Council to enable improvements to be made to its site adjacent to Fleetville Rec.
Although being a long-term process, with the probability of no new building until the mid 2020s, all major projects have to start somewhere. The Early Stage Engagement Event at Fleetville Community Centre will show visitors the history of the site and how it developed from wartime nursery to community centre, and on to the hoped-for next step. Outline proposals will be explained – although it is far too early to show plans and drawings. There is, of course, one important reason for this: it is not the function of the Trust to state what will be provided for the community, but the intention that members of the community will engage with the Trust, open a dialogue, and enable a new building to evolve which will meet the needs of residents.
Trustees will be on hand to engage in conversations and answer questions; and visitors will have an opportunity to suggest ideas and to express your opinion. Information gleaned from the Early Stage Engagement event will be fed back to those who participated, and those who join in the Fleetville Community Centre New Build Project Facebook conversation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will even add you to the mailing list if you post to this blog. The project's website can also be consulted: http://fleetvillesnewbuilding.my-free.website Printed copies of the feedback will also be available from the Community Centre from mid-July.
Do take the opportunity to call in anytime between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 7th May, or while you are enjoying yourself at Larks in the Park on Fleetville Rec on Sunday 26th June, 12 noon to 5pm.