Go-ahead given for community centre plans in Bryn

Bryn Support Centre Community Interest Company has made a successful bid for The Diamond Club.

Coun Jones with Courtney Bampton, children Tommy and Lilly-Mae and Ben Charlton from the support centre
Coun Jones with Courtney Bampton, children Tommy and Lilly-Mae and Ben Charlton from the support centre

The group will now take over the Grey Road building and turn it into a hub for everyone of all ages.

The plans will see a cafe and advice centre housed at the venue, while it would also play host to a boxing and youth club and various bingo nights.

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Under the business plan, the centre will run a pay-as-you-feel cafe four days a week, as well as an advice centre during the day.

Locals have said the centre will be a very welcome hub for all residents deprived of such facilities.

Coun Steve Jones who heads the organisation which runs a shop at Bryn Cross offering cheap food for struggling families, said he was “delighted”.

He added: “We have been successful in getting The Diamond Club to create a much-needed community centre for all ages.

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“This will be ran by my organisation Bryn Support Centre CIC with all our fantastic volunteers.

“We will be up and running in April.

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“Thank you to everyone for their support and Wigan Council who ran a fair competition for all three groups who bid.”

Coun Jones went on to appeal for people to come forward with any further initiatives.

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He added: “If anyone has any ideas they would like to run please get in touch.

“It took a few years but I’m glad I delivered on my pledge to get a community centre for Bryn.”

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The development comes after the local authority put the building up for a five-year lease.

The town hall had invited groups to place interests in the building and it saw them have to submit a business plan.

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