2014 was a remarkable one for the future of Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, as it saw our Youth and Community Volunteers secure £285,000 worth of investment for repairs and improvements, along with the transfer of a 30yr lease from Durham County Council, under its Asset Transfer Scheme.

Extensive building works to improve and repair the Community Centre, took place at the end of 2014 and on into 2015 thanks to Durham County Councils Community Buildings funding, seeing repairs to the roof, brickwork, electrical wiring and heating, as well as funding secured for double glazing, and insulation from the Durham Area Action Partnership and local Councillors.

A Public Consultation period, had taken place October 2014 – January 2015, encouraging DH1 5 residents, and Businesses, to help influence the redevelopment of the Community Building, its programme of services, events, classes and activities for the years ahead.  Over 300 people and businesses gave feedback, and from this the Association has developed an ambitious plan to develop facilities in the centre to appeal to a wider range of community groups. To carry this out we are in negotiation with a variety of stakeholders in the area.

You can download and read our Feasibility Marketing Report here.

 

2015 saw a grant of £10,000 being secured from “Awards for All” to refurbish the kitchen / galley area.  Meaning, all of the Centres rooms are now fully functional, and users will have catering facilities, for the first time in years.

The development of the Centre will include not only building work to reconfigure and extend the existing facilities but a wider range of activities including educational and training courses together with a digital presence.

Planning Permission for this, has been approved, for development in two Phases, of £350k, and £850k, which would see a transformation into a  glass fronted building, complete with internet café, meeting rooms, 3 separate halls for hire, as well as a café and children’s play area at the rear.

Association Chairman, Colin Hillary says:

“ Were absolutely delighted with what has been achieved so far, the public were overwhelming in favour of the changes, and delighted that we have secured a historic building, with a relevant purpose in the future of our community, for all ages. We are now looking forward to beginning the fund raising process to further develop the Centre, and bring our community’s dreams to reality”.

We are currently securing funding from a range of UK wide initiatives, Trusts, and Funds, as well as looking to Regional Business to contribute, funding, materials or time, to making this a reality.

If you or your business can get more involved, call Terry on 0191 between 9am-1pm, or email framwellgatecommunity@btconnect.com