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Basildon councillors have agreed to invest £350,000 into the first phase of works to refurbish and reopen Laindon Community Centre.
The decision was made last night (Thursday July 15) at the Policy Executive Committee, chaired by leader of the council Andrew Baggott.
Councillors also committed to reopening the facility by the end of September this year subject to the availability of materials and reconnection of utilities..
Cllr Baggott said: “We have listened to the views of residents who spoke overwhelmingly in favour of refurbishment and reopening the centre and now we are putting up the money to make it happen.
“I stated right from the start that this is one of our key priorities for this administration this year and we will support the residents by getting the centre reopened and fit for public use as soon as possible.
“We are committed to seeing this hugely valuable community asset back on its feet again and being run by the community it serves.
Basildon Council took over the existing Laindon Community Centre site from the Laindon Community Association after it handed over the keys in October last year.
The programme of work to bring the centre up to a condition where reopening is possible includes: Fire and water safety, new toilets and reconnection of utilities.