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NEW SPOT: Competing for Nunthorpe community centre

NEW SPOT: Competing for Nunthorpe community centre

James Hayton who is campaigning for a new Nunthorpe Community centre to be based at the existing Nunthorpe and Marton Recreation Centre, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

Two groups are vying for their site to be the new spot for the Nunthorpe Community Centre.

Nunthorpe Parish Council, the Community Council and the Institute are all keen for the new hub to be next to the GP surgery, which is currently being built on Stokesley Road.

However, the Nunthorpe & Marton Playing Fields Association (NMPFA) wants to expand its current site on Guisborough Road to include more community facilities.

Nunthorpe Vision is currently running a survey to gain residents’ views on what they would like to see.

“We are ready to go after a wait of 34 years”

The parish council chair Morgan McClintock, who wants to see the new community space next to the GP surgery, said that Nunthorpe had missed having a community centre since the last one was burnt down in 1987.

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Wade Tovey and Morgan McClintock who are campaigning for a new Nunthorpe Community centre to be based on a new site next to the doctors' surgery being built, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

He added: “The parish council believes that we have a very clear focus of what we want to do…[we want] to provide a straightforward building that would be a flexible hub for Nunthorpe residents.

“It would be a place where a wide range of community groups and Nunthorpe individuals can get together to do whatever they want to do.

“We envisage it will have everyone from young people to parents and toddlers to retired people to professional people wanting to pursue adult education or leisure interests.

“It’s the sort of thing that we have been dreaming about for a long time and we think it’s time to get on with it. We are ready to go after a wait of 34 years.”

Wade Tovey, the parish council vice-chair, hoped that a community space next to the GP surgery would mean that patients were prescribed activities at the new hub.

Cllr Tovey added: “They can complement each other. GPs can say, you need to do some activities with other people because you’re feeling lonely or depressed, maybe you need to do some fitness stuff, well there is fitness stuff across the road there [at the community centre].

“There are a number of things called social prescribing and the two things would complement each other very well, that’s another reason why it is a fairly good site.”

He went on to add: “Nunthorpe has missed out on a community centre and the most important thing is that we get a community centre that is accessible to all of the community.

“It is run by the community, for the community, that’s the most important thing to me.”

“There is nothing else like us”

James Hayton, who is the chair of the NMPFA believes expanding his site, which includes the Nunthorpe and Marton Recreation Club, would be a better option.

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James Hayton, Chair of Nunthorpe & Marton Playing Fields Association, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

He added: “We have been here since 1965 and we have been set up for the community of Nunthorpe and we deliver a number of services to our community. We are very sustainable, we are a charity.

“We are in the heart of Nunthorpe, we have an amazing output, there is nothing else like us.

“In my mind, and when you read the Facebook posts and I speak to our membership, we already are the community centre in Nunthorpe, it’s just the icing on the cake for us, the cherry on top.

“It’s recognition for the work we have done since 1965 and our inception.

“I just think it would finish this off, it would round us off. We have a direct membership of 1,000 people but I know we could double or quadruple that.”

If the NMPFA was successful, Mr Hayton said that he would need to expand the site to ensure that there were additional rooms for community activities.

Ideally, he would like to build a first-floor structure above the current ground floor space that would be a dedicated community hub with a large gym, sauna and steam room facility overlooking the playing fields and Roseberry Topping.

He is hoping to introduce a gastro lounge and to modernise the ground floor facilities, which would include a large function room that would have a stage for performing arts, live performances, and celebrations.

Mr Hayton also said that they would be looking to increase the number of parking spaces if a community centre was agreed.

“I am absolutely thrilled that this is finally happening”

Deputy mayor and Nunthorpe councillor Mieka Smiles said: “I am eager to see what the recommendations are and the submissions that are put forward and once we have got all of the information to make a proper judgement.

“I am absolutely thrilled that this is finally happening because Nunthorpe is long overdue a community centre. The sooner we can see that money is used the better.”

The online consultation is open until Friday, November 26 and you can share your thoughts here: https://arcg.is/1STX5b

 

Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter


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