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A much-loved Laindon facility has undergone a £1million refurbishment and been handed back to the community.
Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Andrew Baggott joined councillors Jeff Henry and Terri Sargent to meet with representatives of the Laindon Community Centre Committee, contractors, Morgan Sindall Property Services, and council officers.
Cllr Baggott said: “I am delighted to be handing over the keys to this much-loved community facility back to local people.
“We listened to the views of residents who spoke overwhelmingly in favour of refurbishment and reopening the centre, we put the money up to make it happen and now we are handing it back to be run by the community it serves.
Chairman of the Laindon Community Centre Committee, David Kerr, said: “To say we are grateful for the opportunity to see the Laindon Community Centre open again would be an understatement of mammoth proportions.
“On behalf of the communities of Laindon, Langdon Hills, Lee Chapel North and surrounding areas, thanks go to the leader of the council, Andrew Baggott, for having the vision, commitment and conviction to not only recognise the value of this centre but to deliver on every promise he made that first day he took office.
“Under his direction and with the hard work of local councillors, council officers, contractors and of course the community themselves, the centre is now in a position to once again deliver a diverse range of quality services that people desperately need.
“This investment in Laindon will see a significant improvement to the quality of life, not only for local residents, but for those all across the borough and beyond. “Ultimately this is an investment in people.”