New community hub facilities – including a library space, café and nursery – took another step forward on Wednesday (13 December) after Cabinet agreed to secure a building contractor for the site.
Cllr Mark Coxshall presented the report, which gave an overview of the progress to date, consultation and design, as well as outlining the next steps.
The expected design of the building will include:
- a hall
- a common room
- a youth centre
- office space
- reception areas
- a self-serve library facility
- a community café
- a nursery
Cllr Coxshall said: "A new community hub in Aveley has been long discussed so I'm pleased that cabinet has supported a vision for turning those discussions into a reality.
"There has been extensive public consultation – importantly, involving the Aveley Village Community Forum in discussions from the beginning.
"I'm pleased the works have taken into consideration local needs of the area, and have created – I believe – a modern building that has been planned with the community at the centre.
"What's more, £1m of the funding for the project will be sourced from Section 106 funds while the rest will be funded through the Community Hubs capital fund.”
Section 106 money – a 'planning obligation' payment made by developers to help meet local infrastructure needs – was agreed as part of approvals for new housing development in Aveley. It must be used on community facilities in the town.
The next steps of the project include completing the technical design and amending the business case, after which Cabinet will be asked to agree the tender for building works to begin.
Find out more about local community hubs at thurrock.gov.uk/communityhubs