Residents invited to shape plans for new community centre

News release from 26 March 2018, 12:15pm

RESIDENTS are being invited to attend drop-in sessions to discuss draft plans for replacing Cambridge City Council’s community centre at 82 Akeman Street in Arbury, as part of a wider redevelopment scheme.

The drop-ins have been arranged at 82 Akeman Street, CB4 3HG on:

  • Wednesday 11 April from 2pm-6pm
  • Saturday 14 April from 10am-1pm

Council officers will be present at the drop-ins to explain the proposed plans and to hear about the needs and views of residents and groups who will use the building in future. These views will then be used to help shape final plans for the site.

The council has developed plans to replace the shops, flats and community centre in Akeman Street with new facilities, which would include a brand new community centre.

The current centre occupies a vacant shop unit in a row of shops and flats built in the 1950s, but these have become difficult to repair and maintain, and the current community centre is not ideal as it is not fully accessible.

The proposed new centre would be built all on one level to enable better access in the new facility.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “For many years residents have accessed essential services from 82 Akeman Street, but the building had its limitations.

“The council’s proposals to redevelop this area of shops and flats, provides an opportunity for a community centre which meets the needs of everyone and is fit for the future. I would urge local residents and interested people to come along and tell us what they think of the proposals.”

The proposals for Akeman Street form part of the council’s wider strategy to ensure that community centres are located in parts of Cambridge with the greatest need, are financially sustainable and are flexible to meet the changing needs of the city.