Uttlesford village gets first glimpse of long-awaited community centre

09:33 06 May 2014

Members of Manuden Parish Council

Members of Manuden Parish Council's community centre steering group and the developer who built the facility, Pelham Structures.

Archant

It has been 15 years in the making but an Uttlesford village has finally got the community sports centre residents have longed for.

Manuden's new community sports centre.Manuden's new community sports centre.

People in Manuden turned out in their droves on Saturday to get a first glimpse of their new £1.7million facility, complete with a multi-use games pitch, two adult and one junior football pitch, a cricket pitch and a community centre with a bar and kitchen.

All looked lost when lottery funding and a grant bid to Sport England both fell by the wayside a decade ago, but the vision became reality when a Langley Upper Green-based developer stepped in.

Bill Bampton, director of Pelham Structures, said he believes it is a model that other villages should look to follow.

The facility was paid for as part of a 14-home development scheme, which includes four low-cost affordable homes for the village, and has delighted chairman of the parish council’s steering group Les Atkinson.

“I think Pelham Structures have done a great job with the design and building of the community centre – the challenge now is for us to use it to its full potential,” he said.

Chris Bailey, who previously managed the community centre in Great Chesterford, has been appointed general manager. She said: “We’ve got Manuden and Bentfield football clubs using the pitches and both Elsenham and Stansted teams are going to be using the multi-use games area for training.

“In the hall itself, we’re hoping to put on things like pilates, Zumba and karate, while also acting as a community hub so people have got somewhere to meet.

“We want the centre to offer something for all ages, from children’s parties to crafts for older people, and even things like amateur dramatics.”

The market homes are a mix of three to five bedroom properties, while there are a pair of two-bed and three-bed affordable homes.

Mr Bampton said: “It’s great to be involved in something where everyone wins. The project has been primarily driven by the community for the community.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:17
Some of the fake goods seized at Stansted Airport last month

Fake goods with an estimated value of more than half a million pounds were seized by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport over three days last month.

Yesterday, 16:22
Linton Village College

There were high achievers at Linton Village College, where 73 per cent of students taking GCSEs achieved five passes at A*-C including English and maths.

Yesterday, 15:56
Perse School

Over three quarters of GCSE grades achieved today (August 25) at The Perse School were A* and 94 per cent of grades were A* or A.

Yesterday, 14:11
Joyce Frankland GCSEs

At Joyce Frankland Academy, there were record highs in English with 86 per cent of students achieving top grades and 25 per cent getting an A or A* in maths.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters: