Fears growing as groups wait for new Sheringham community centre

A clutch of town organisations are becoming increasingly concerned as they wait to hear when they will be able to move to a planned new community centre in Sheringham.

At last week's meeting, Sheringham Town Council was asked by the community centre's secretary Trina Paul to release �2,500 to 'pull the centre through some of the winter'.

The council, which owns the centre and agreed to the handover of money, was also told: 'I've been approached by some of the users who are concerned whether there will be a place for them in 2012.'

The uncertainty comes as the town waits for the construction of a new community centre on Holway Road. Tesco will be demolishing the existing centre on Cromer Road to make way for its controversial superstore.

The replacement centre, which has planning permission, is due to built before the demolition as part of the deal that secured permission for the store.


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Peter Cox said: 'Until the new community centre starts being built, we won't know when it will be available.'

Mac McGinn said the �2,500 should be released, but added: 'We must insist that we see invoices for what they're spending it on.'

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? At the same meeting, members agreed to instruct the community centre management committee to look 'within seven days' at their responsibilities around gas appliance certification in the centre.

The resolution came after a letter was read out from Trina Paul, raising concern that the centre's boiler had not been serviced for six years.

Mr McGinn said the management committee had decided that there should be 'no unnecessary expenditure' as the move to a new centre at Holway Road was on the horizon.

He added: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.'

But Peter Cox said he was 'quite alarmed' by the letter, while Steve Booth said: 'This letter embarrasses this council. Now it's in the public domain it has to be investigated as a matter of urgency.'

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