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Official opening for Howbury community centre

PUBLISHED: 10:59 04 December 2014

Slade Green community centre

Slade Green community centre

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Slade Green primary children mark the event

Slade Green Primary School pupils helped to mark the official opening of the new Howbury community facility in Slade Green this week.

The mayor of Bexley, Howard Marriner, leader of the council, Teresa O’Neill, members of the local community and partners were treated to songs from the Year 3 pupils before cutting the official ribbon with some help from the Redrow Bears.

Cllr O’Neill said; “This is an absolutely fantastic facility! Together with our partners we have taken derelict and unloved land and built something everyone in Slade Green can be proud of.

“Every age group can enjoy this centre, the bright rooms, the library and cafe are all welcoming and easily accessible.

“Although it’s only been open since October, it’s already being well used by local people and community groups.”

The new centre is the result of Bexley’s £8.5m investment in community facilities in Slade Green.

It includes a large flexible hall, outside multi-use games area, a new community library including an IT suite, a café area, a smaller hall, four other rooms and a kitchen.

The previous Howbury Centre was located in an old school building. Council staff moved out in the summer and the centre closed in October. It will shortly be handed over to Redrow Homes for redevelopment.

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