Funding for Westfield’s new community centre reaches £894,000 thanks to a £50,000 landfill tax grant.
A new community centre to be built in Westfield, Yeovil has received £50,000 in funding from Viridor, who operate recycling facilities across Somerset. The funding, from a landfill tax grant was awarded in October and brings the total raised for the new centre to £894,000.
Part of the funding application included letters of support from the Westfield community and the local St. Peter’s Girl Guides unit. The letters explained why the new centre would benefit the community including “to make it more accessible for disabled people”, “to welcome new members” and to “hold events and shows for family and friends.”
The new centre comes as a collaborative project by St. Peter’s Church, Westfield Community Association, Yarlington Housing Group and South Somerset District Council.
The new community centre will sit on the site of St. Peter’s Hall on Coronation Avenue and will replace the existing hall which has served the Westfield community since 1964. The centre will be twice the size of the old hall and provide extra meeting spaces, better facilities and a pop-up café area.
On the church, Rev. David Keen, chair of the project team said:
“This new community centre is a chance to provide something brilliant to Westfield and is a great example of what can happen when the church and community work together.”
Funding for the centre has also come from Yarlington Housing Group, the National Lottery, South Somerset District Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Clarks Shoes, Trusthouse and other local businesses.
The local ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme has also raised £4,500 and tickets are on sale locally for a Community Lottery through the Community Association.
Work on the community centre is due to start in early 2019 and the plans are on display at St. Peter’s Church.