Plans for new community Hub to be considered

16/03/2020, PR-9336

​Plans for a new £3m Community Hub for the Knottingley area are to be discussed by senior councillors meeting next week.

The new Hub would occupy the site of the former Kellingley Miners Welfare Club and provide support for people in the area to develop their work skills and take part in a range of sport activities and health and wellbeing initiatives. It could also house a café, meeting space for community groups, business space and digital area.

Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet will be asked to approve £3m of funding to create the Hub and £50,000 of annual funding to support running costs and upkeep of the building, when they meet on 24 March.

Cllr Michael Graham
Cllr Michael Graham

​Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Resources at Wakefield Council, said: “We’ll be discussing this exciting new initiative which is being put forward after we consulted with residents on what they’d like to see as part of the Knottingley Vision and Action Plan.

“We have listened to people’s views and I believe a Hub would be a great asset to the community, enabling people to take part in activities including sport and health boosting initiatives as well as access within their local area to advice and support to help build work skills.”

The Council’s Knottingley Vision and Action Plan sets out commitments and actions to support regeneration in the area. It is closely linked to the district’s Playing Pitch Strategy which makes commitments to enhance and improve playing fields within the Knottingley area. It will support existing and new teams and clubs, encourage people to get involved and support community groups to upgrade their facilities, whilst making them more widely available.

Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet are meeting on 24 March at 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall.

The meeting can be watched, live or later, at www.citizen.wakefield.gov.uk/cabinet-and-council-meeting on the Council’s website.