Hello everyone, welcome to our September newsletter.
We are pleased to report that we have managed to put in place all our requirements for COVID compliance at the Centre with the aim of getting some of our regular hirer activities returning to the Centre. However, ever changing guidelines from the Government last month, has meant that face coverings must now be worn within Community Centres, except in certain circumstances, such as where exercise is undertaken.
It has been a difficult time since March for the Trustees and hirers/users and unfortunately, we certainly will not expect to be back to normal in 2020. Nevertheless, the stringent requirements we have set ourselves, observing all the COVID protocols, means that we are confident that the Centre is safe to undertake many, if not all our previous regular activities. Of course, some hirers require clearance from their organisations and others, where older age groups are involved, may still be vulnerable and therefore will not be returning at this present time.
We have however made a decision not to open the Centre for the remainder of the year for private hire bookings and would like to apologise if this affects your forward plans.
With regard to our planned expansion of the Centre we are still awaiting a decision on our planning application, at the time of preparing this article. A positive outcome will allow the Trustees to move to the next step of developing detailed designs and a competitive tendering process. By reaching this stage we will then have a clear picture of the level of additional funding we need to secure from external sources.
Finally, you may be aware that the CCA in partnership with Chellaston Residents’ Association has been in discussion with Derby City Council regarding creating a small community garden, by demolishing the disused toilet block on the High Street. This partnership has submitted a response to an Expression of Interest tender, issued by Derby City Council to voluntary groups. We await the decision of the Council with the hope that our proposal will be viewed as something which will improve this area of High Street for the benefit of residents.