Posted: Thu 4th Apr 2024

Charity Toc H proposed to take over Newport community centre under new plans /

A charity could take over the running of a Newport community centre, under new proposals put to the city council.
The organisation, Toc H, already runs a series of activities and workshops in part of Eveswell Community Centre and has now applied for a long-term lease of the site.
The council notes the group’s “long-standing presence” at the centre and is expected to approve a 25-year deal for Toc H to run the premises via a Community Asset Transfer.
There is “significant potential for Toc H to develop their offer to meet their stated aims and develop the site as a flexible space serving the local community”, according to a council report on the proposal.
A deal will also ease some financial pressures on the council, which owns the community centre.
The council has proposed that Toc H will be responsible for repairing and maintaining the building over the 25-year period.
This will “alleviate” the council’s “significant backlog maintenance” at the site, which was last estimated to cost around £650,000 to clear.
According to the council report, Toc H will seek £300,000 from a UK Government scheme, the Community Ownership Fund, to develop the site in Eveswell Street.
The council had considered a proposal to transfer the freehold of the community centre to Toc H, but is instead expected to opt for the 25-year lease so that the local authority can “maintain control and oversight of the property”.
The cabinet member for infrastructure will make a final decision on the proposal on Friday (April 5). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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