Community centre gets green light

Bingo goers at Elm Green Lane Community Centre also enjoy a raffle during their weekly session. Pictured L-R are Patricia Peters, 70, of Scott Avenue, Conisbrough, and Irene Sutton, 83, of The Oval, Conisbrough.  Picture: Liz Mockler S0969LM
Bingo goers at Elm Green Lane Community Centre also enjoy a raffle during their weekly session. Pictured L-R are Patricia Peters, 70, of Scott Avenue, Conisbrough, and Irene Sutton, 83, of The Oval, Conisbrough. Picture: Liz Mockler S0969LM

A MUCH-USED Conisbrough community centre has been given the green light for its future.

The Elm Green Lane Centre, which recently celebrated its centenery, has become one of the first centres to have its community lease signed.

Residents are keen to make a start on revitalising it and take over the running of the centre from Doncaster Council in a bid to secure its future.

Chairman of the governing body, John Mills, told the Times this week: ”We have exchanged the lease on the Elm Green Lane Centre, which will allow us to draw on all the funding for much needed improvements.

“ This is the first of the new community leases and we have become very much a model of best practice for future ones.

“We haven’t signed the funding contract yet - the tender for the renewal of the roof is going out and the window refurbishment in the next month or so.

“It felt like the end of a lifetime when the lawyer said it had been signed. The guys at the centre are fabulous, they raise money at a phenomenal rate.

“The centre will need £12,000 a year running costs. That will be the biggest outlay”.

The centre has a burgeoning timetable through out the week and is used by a social club, bingo a snooker team, keep fit Conisbrough Castle Cavaliers marching band and the Cee and Dee Art Group.

Last year mayor Peter Davies agreed for the centre to be leased out to residents - ending the authority’s financial responsibility for the venue.

Around 100 people attended a meeting in which Mr Davies said the centre, which had been under review, would have a community lease for 15 years at £500 per year.

The centre has a management board responsible for internal and external improvements and future maintenance of the dilapidated building.