Exciting plans for centre

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 May 2011

View of Castle Batch and Community Centre, North Worle.

View of Castle Batch and Community Centre, North Worle.


THERE are some exciting times in store for a community facility in Worle.

The revamped Castle Batch Community Centre, off Magdalen Way, opened to the public recently.

But at a meeting at the centre this week, it was revealed that there is much more in store for the area surrounding it, which has recently received thousands of pounds from the Big Lottery Fund.

North Worle Local Action Team chairman Peter Hardaway said on Monday how there are plans afoot to create a BMX track there, from the area where the youth shelter stands.

The play pod, which has been at risk of being removed, looks like it will stay and be transformed into a bike repair centre. Children will be taught how to mend their BMXs at the pod and a club for enthusiasts of the two-wheeled sport could also be set up.

There are also plans to create a path from Becket Road to St Marks Road and the area where the pond is could be transformed into a wildlife area.

Castle Batch Community Centre and the surrounding area have been magnets for vandalism and antisocial behaviour for many years, but it is hoped that the new lease of life for the site will change things permanently.

Mr Hardaway said: “The more good things that happen here, hopefully the less trouble we will have.”

There are plans to hold two community days at the site to celebrate the opening of the centre and the new MUGA next to it.

The first has been pencilled in for 12noon-4pm on June 1, when there will be entertainment and games, cricket, majorettes’ displays, birds of prey and the WI will be cooking.

The other is likely to be held in July.

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