Community Asset Transfer of Horbury Community Centre

Ref: PR 4590
Date: 09/06/2014

​Wakefield Council's key decision makers are to discuss plans to lease Horbury Community Centre to The Horbury Community Centre Group charity.

The plans being discussed by the Council's Cabinet on June 17, recommend a Community Asset Transfer to the group for the next 30 years in order to secure the on-going community use of the centre in the local area.

Cllr Graham Stokes, Cabinet Member for Corporate Performance, said: "The proposed transfer will ensure that the building is available for use as a community and leisure facility for the local Horbury community.

"The Group proposes to use the premises for the Centre's existing user groups and to further develop the sustainability of local voluntary and community groups – providing a fantastic service to local people."

If the report is approved, The Group plan to retain the indoor community hall and small meeting room, create two new rooms on the ground floor and offer the first floor offices to local start-up businesses, to support local enterprise and create revenue.

Activities proposed include play groups, an after-school club, senior citizens support group, healing and complimentary therapies, gardening club, parenting courses, youth facilities, arts and crafts groups, music lessons and cardiac rehabilitation. The Group intend to hold further events including dinner dances and summer parties.

The report also outlines that a leasehold arrangement would be in place, with a plan in place if the Group could no longer financially support the centre or if it is no longer under community use. The Group would be responsible for ensuring that the building is well maintained.

The report is being discussed by the Council's Cabinet on June 17.