Keep Sowerby Bridge Community Centre at Foundry Street open!

Keep Sowerby Bridge Community Centre at Foundry Street open!

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Sheila Eastwood started this petition to CALDERDALE COUNCIL

Sowerby Bridge Community Centre at Foundry Street is a former Wesleyan chapel, a building steeped in history, built in1881, and bought by Sowerby Bridge Town Council in 1972 to be converted into a centre for the people of Sowerby Bridge. It finally opened at the end of the 70s and has served the community ever since. The centre has been well maintained and the facilities improved, and it has a kitchen and lounge downstairs, used as a drop-in meeting centre for old people for many years. Upstairs is an office and sports hall with sprung floor, ideal for martial arts, dance, and other sports, with courts being marked for basketball, badminton and five a side football, while the basement has been converted to accommodate Foundry Street Playgroup. A youth club has run there three times a week, and many other groups and organisations have used the facilities at the centre over the years, such as dance, drama, yoga, badminton, and scrabble. Sowerby Bridge Shotokan Karate Club, founded in 1980, was one of the first groups to use the centre, and has trained there ever since, until Covid closed the centre in March 2020.

When restrictions began to ease, the karate club contacted the council to seek permission to begin using the centre again, and for several weeks were put on hold, pending a decision to reopen. In early October, we were informed that: ‘the Corporate Asset and Facilities Management Service has now considered this site against other organisational requirements and found that it is not required. It has therefore been recommended for disposal.’

Community space in Sowerby Bridge is extremely limited, and the facilities at Foundry Street, unique in the area, must be preserved, as a resource to keep our community active, and to benefit both physical and mental health. In recent years, the facility has been underused, mainly because the council have not actively promoted it, but it could generate income for the council if it were better run!

We call upon Calderdale Council to reconsider its decision to close Foundry Street Community Centre, to reopen it to existing users with immediate effect, and to actively promote the centre, so that it becomes a financial asset, as well as a community asset.

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