Residents asked to help with community project

PUBLISHED: 19:01 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

THOUSANDS of Worle residents are being asked to help the village secure an exciting facility for families.

THOUSANDS of Worle residents are being asked to help the village secure an exciting facility for families.

Plans are afoot to put a children's centre at the troubled Castle Batch site, off Magdelene Way.

Part of the funding could come from the Big Lottery Fund and the scheme is through to the final stages.

The charitable organisation now needs to see how much the revamped centre could mean to the Worle community before it makes its final decision, so the local action team (LAT) is distributing 3,000 questionnaires so residents can add their thoughts.

They will then be given to the Big Lottery Fun to help Worle's case.

North Worle LAT chairman Peter Hardaway said: "We feel it is important to seek the views of local residents before we sign off the final plan, after all the facilities being provided are for their use and it is important that they are what they want."

The proposed revamp of Castle Batch and the community centre would include facilities for toddlers, young people and adults.

There could be new meeting facilities, an extension with a permanently-manned reception and a multi-use games area.

Mr Hardaway added: "The people and community of North Worle are working together to help reduce crime and improve the environment for the benefit of all who live and visit this area."

The plans for the community centre may be welcomed by residents living nearby, who have had to endure years of antisocial behaviour coming from the site.

The area has been a constant target for vandalism and two years ago the barrier across the car park had to be closed to stop boy racers using it.

There will be an open day at the community centre, from 10am-1pm on January 30, to discuss the plans.

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