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Ideas needed to help shape new community hub

Ideas needed to help shape new community hub

23 March 2023
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Map showing the location of the proposed community centre

Residents living in or near Arborfield Green can help Wokingham Borough Council to ensure the area’s forthcoming new community centre becomes a thriving and vibrant venue for everyone.


The former Ministry of Defence training building off Nine Mile Ride Extension, near Arborfield Green Leisure Centre and other sports facilities, is set to be refurbished and redesigned as a local hub under wider plans for a district centre with shops, green space, a pub and more.


The council wants to know more about what local people think the community centre should offer, so it is running a brief survey until Friday, 28 April.

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It is also talking directly to organisations that might benefit, like parish councils, schools and community groups, to get a clearer picture and make everyone's views count. This will help to make sure the community centre provides what residents want and need for many years to come.


A welcoming space for everyone to meet


A facility like this offers a real lifeline and a valued space for people to meet and enjoy social activities with each other, or could perhaps serve as a base for services or charities to operate.


There are lots of options and the council wants to make sure it plans this properly for local people. The district centre application will be submitted soon, which includes the community centre, but there is still time to influence this and get it right.


It has kept the survey short and simple because many people are busy, but it’s vital that it finds out what people think so all Arborfield Green residents are strongly encouraged to take part.


Giving new communities the services they need


The district centre will serve residents living on the borough’s major new development at the former Arborfield Garrison, and must be provided as part of a legal agreement.


Although new housing must be built to meet both local need and requirements imposed by the Government, the council is continually working to ensure that homes are served by high-quality infrastructure funded by contributions from the developers.


If anyone needs help completing the survey, or alternative formats, they can contact the council on 0118 947 6000 or visit one of the borough’s libraries.

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