Future of well-used Fareham community centre thrown into doubt

THE future of a Locks Heath community centre is in doubt after it was revealed it is losing £56,000 a year.

A report about the Lockswood Community Centre says that closure is one of the options being considered by Fareham Borough Council .

The council took over the running of the centre in April from Brookfield School. It has since carried out a review, which says the centre is operating at a deficit of £56,000 per year and that is likely to be the case for the “foreseeable future”.

Costly potential maintenance issues, including a 30-year-old hot water and heating system that would cost £50,000 to replace, are also addressed in the council report.

The centre has a large hall and meeting rooms and is used by a parent and toddler group, pre-school groups, senior citizen’s clubs and for sports activities.

The Lockswood Library also occupies part of the ground floor.

When Fareham Borough Council took over, the report says that Brookfield School indicated the centre had an annual deficit of £25,000, plus other “unknown costs” being absorbed by Hampshire County Council .

Three options are now being considered by Fareham Borough Council to deal with the community centre – including closure, which the report says could happen at the end of March 2013 or March 2014.

The council is also looking at transferring the management of the centre to a new community association. Eight groups have registered an interest.

The final option is for the council to continue running the centre, with opportunities to reduce the centre’s deficit explored, including a review of fees and charges for hiring the facility.

The future of the centre will be decided at a meeting of Fareham Borough Council’s Executive on October 1 at the civic offices.

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1:02pm Sat 22 Sep 12

scilence says...

50 K to upgrade a boiler? Someone is going to be on to a winner and I don't mean Michael.
50 K to upgrade a boiler? Someone is going to be on to a winner and I don't mean Michael. scilence
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1:37pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Vonnie says...

scilence wrote:
50 K to upgrade a boiler? Someone is going to be on to a winner and I don't mean Michael.
It doesn't say upgrading just a boiler. It says the whole central heating and hot water system. And it is not just a semi-detached that they are talking about.
Use your brains.
[quote][p][bold]scilence[/bold] wrote: 50 K to upgrade a boiler? Someone is going to be on to a winner and I don't mean Michael.[/p][/quote]It doesn't say upgrading just a boiler. It says the whole central heating and hot water system. And it is not just a semi-detached that they are talking about. Use your brains. Vonnie
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3:00pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Poppy22 says...

How about using it for a doctor's surgery (the Locks Road one that's been there for years being - or having been - closed!). Plus community rooms and a cheap cafe (Costa's recently-built expensive cafe only benefits some people!). Check out Stapleford, Notts, doctor's surgery/cafe to see how this can be done successfully. The cheap cafe thrives all day, attended by people of all ages. Rebuild the centre if necessary and move the library into it. This area needs more community buildings that can be used by people of all ages during the day. So many people are at home during the day now, including many self employed or disabled people who would welcome the chance to get out to work or relax in a welcoming wifi-provided area without having to spend a fortune on coffees etc for the privilege.
How about using it for a doctor's surgery (the Locks Road one that's been there for years being - or having been - closed!). Plus community rooms and a cheap cafe (Costa's recently-built expensive cafe only benefits some people!). Check out Stapleford, Notts, doctor's surgery/cafe to see how this can be done successfully. The cheap cafe thrives all day, attended by people of all ages. Rebuild the centre if necessary and move the library into it. This area needs more community buildings that can be used by people of all ages during the day. So many people are at home during the day now, including many self employed or disabled people who would welcome the chance to get out to work or relax in a welcoming wifi-provided area without having to spend a fortune on coffees etc for the privilege. Poppy22
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4:27pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Northamboy says...

Excellent idea and couldn't agree more. The idea of a community cafe would be welcome I am sure as long as the kids from the local school don't take it over as they do the rest of the area come 3pm.
Excellent idea and couldn't agree more. The idea of a community cafe would be welcome I am sure as long as the kids from the local school don't take it over as they do the rest of the area come 3pm. Northamboy
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8:22pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Goldenwight says...

If no less than eight different community groups are interested in taking on the management of the centre- presumably believing that they can break even in doing so- why is Fareham BC managing to run it at a loss. Is this a real loss, or just a book-keeping adjustment?
If no less than eight different community groups are interested in taking on the management of the centre- presumably believing that they can break even in doing so- why is Fareham BC managing to run it at a loss. Is this a real loss, or just a book-keeping adjustment? Goldenwight
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