New community centre to be built in Ashton after Tameside Council agrees £150k funding
Tuesday 24th April 2018 @ 15:34 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Community News Tameside

A new community centre is to be built in Ashton after £150,000 worth of funding was approved by Tameside Council.

The Council is working with Christ Church Community Developments on what has been dubbed the ‘4C’ project. The sustainable building is to be located in Waterloo, on the grounds of Christ Church between Oldham Road and Taunton Road.

Building work is due to start in the next few weeks and finished by late summer. An official opening has been pencilled in for September 2018.

Open to all Tameside residents, the eco-friendly centre will provide local people with a range of health and social opportunities, working on a similar model to the Grafton Centre in Hyde, which is run by the community, and the Together Centre in Dukinfield, which is in the process of becoming independently community led.

The ‘4C’ Community Centre will be built on land between Oldham Road and Taunton Road.

4C will include health and social activities and services and will also offer a high-spec community space, bookable meeting rooms and a café. The fully accessible building has been designed to limit the impact on the environment and incorporates both new and traditional technologies. Recycling and energy efficiency are integral to the operation.

The plans are the culmination of a project which has been running for a number of years. Tameside Council has agreed £150,000 in funding to help complete the work.

Tameside Council Assistant Team Manager for Community Engagement and Market Development Janine Byron said: “We’re really excited to see work getting underway on 4C – this is a project that will benefit all of the community – young and old – and follows other similar models where community led provision and facilities successfully lead on improving local people’s lives and supporting residents to thrive. This is turns saves the Council money in more traditional forms of health and social care.”

For more information on the project and to see how you can get involved, visit www.4cashton.org.uk.