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Community set for boost with ‘£1’ parish facility

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

Royal Wedding - Collingwood Day Centre, SwadlincoteGail Cotton, Janice Pallett

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A SOUTH Derbyshire village could soon get its very own community facility for the first time – after council chiefs agreed to sell a building for just £1.

Members of Castle Gresley Parish Council revealed that it was set for advance talks with South Derbyshire District Council over taking ownership of a changing room block at the top of a recreation ground in Mount Pleasant Road.

Councillors are now set to take a closer look at the proposals and try to come up with a plan to turn the building into a community facility.

Parish councillor Neil Sellers said: “We need our community building.

“We cannot continue to operate how we are doing at the moment and things need to change.

“This is a perfect opportunity to give us a community facility, a parish room if you will and one that will not cost the earth, even if we have to spend money to bring it up to scratch.

“It is something that we need and this is the perfect chance.

“Even if it means, to get it to where we want to be, we have to do some fund-raising and events then so be it.”

Fellow parish councillor Ollie Pallet raised fears that the council had to make sure they did enough due diligence on the project to make sure they do not get lumbered with a ‘white elephant’ that the council cannot do anything with but still have to pay for in the long run.

Suggestions were made that the plans could be put to the people of the village to gauge the reaction, something that will be discussed at a meeting in the future.

Chairman Janice Pallet decided to consult with council chiefs before making a final decision.

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