Next week the Executive Board or “Cabinet” are due to decide on the future cost of leasing for the Grange Community Centre on Wednesday. It is proposed to increase the charge from the current rate of ?50 per year to ?1,000 this year increasing year on year to ?4,000 over the next four years.
The report confirms that the Grange has “developed as a well used local community facility” that has “invested over ?190,000 in improvements and repairs” over the last 20 years. The report goes on to say the Trustees “have indicated that any significant increase in rent without a compensating grant, would make continued community use no longer viable.”
The Council seems to be happy to ignore the protestations of the Trustees of a successful and locally managed organisation which serves the needs of its local community. For the sake of a few thousand pounds it appears that the council is willing to risk the future of one of the most well maintained and locally supported facilities in Rayleigh and one which is managed by local people for local people.
Will they tell us how this fits in the vision of a Rochford that is “the place of choice to live” when it appears to care so little for the residents and their much cared for facilities?
You can find the agenda for the next cabinet meeting here.