Negotiations with preferred Bexley community centre operators underway

PUBLISHED: 14:28 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 26 March 2013

Hurst Community Centre in Bexley

Hurst Community Centre in Bexley


Detailed negotiations are underway with three not for profit organisations that Bexley Council has selected as its preferred operators to run six of the borough’s community centres.

The council invited expressions of interest last year and intends to grant the preferred operators new medium term leases, hoping that the new arrangements will be in place by July.

Its preferred operators are: Youth Action Diversity Trust for North Cray Neighbourhood Centre, Parkside Community Centre in Barnehurst and Hurst Community Centre in Bexley; Belvedere Joint Management Committee/Forum for Belvedere Community Centre; and Welling Federation of Community Centres for Falconwood Community Centre and St Michael’s Community Centre in Welling.

Cabinet member Cllr Don Massey said: “I am confident that the preferred operators we’ve identified are well placed to take the centres forward.

“We are giving them the chance to make longer-term plans and to seek outside funding for improvements.

“We will be giving up our power to appoint representatives to the committees that manage the centres and to control their charges. We want to create more empowered organisations that can operate at arms length from the council and with a clear focus on the needs of the community, while ensuring that they remain affordable to local residents.”

Detailed proposals from four potential operators were carefully assessed before each was interviewed earlier this month.

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