New plans for The Power Station, were launched in Whitecross last week.
Elaine Kelso, chairwoman of the Power Station committee, led a review of developments in Whitecross over the last 40 years at a meeting attended by councillors and representatives from major funder, Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Brian Lang explained future plans with a photo slideshow portraying the ‘before and after’ looks for the community centre which is fully redecorated and completely refreshed with new safety flooring throughout.
Many events are planned for this summer for all the groups using the community building.
Coalfields Communities Futures programme made a £30,000 grant in March.
Committee member Iain Waters said: ‘‘We were given the money with the provison that we spend it as quickly as possible. We decided to paint the building and add new flooring. We also plan to open up some waste ground for barbecues and the like.
‘‘The idea of our launch meeting was to draw some attention to the work we have done, hoping to attract new funders for things we still want to do.
“The building is used by young and old alike, with youth groups and over 50s congregating there.
‘‘The jujitsu club holds classes and we now have five new computers for IT courses. A new website is being created now that we have recently amalgamated the Whitecross Action Group and the Power Station committee.
‘‘Clubs and groups under this umbrella will all benefit from the funding. And we hope to install benches and planters too. This was what the people consulted on the action plan wanted - to improve the look of the village.”
The next meeting, at the Power Station is on Thursday, July 31 at 8pm. Anyone who can volunteer help or a spare an hour should come along.