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TAKING OVER: Croxley Green Parish Council offer to run the Red Cross Centre

 Published on: 5th March 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Croxley Green Parish Council have offered to run the Red Cross Centre for the benefit of the community.

The decision came after the Red Cross Society announced it would stop accepting outside bookings in 2019, as it was cutting down its activities in running local premises.

Parish councillor Chris Mitchell commented: “It is your parish council’s intention to do everything we can to keep the Red Cross Centre open for Croxley Green. 

“The parish council will return the centre to its place at the heart of community life and enable it to be used by local groups again. Also, by relocating our offices there we can operate it fully as intended.”

The parish council says it is in a good position to step in and keep the building running for the residents.

In this way they will secure a good future for the centre and many more organisations will be able to use it.

The centre was built to supply a venue for the Welcome Club and the Red Cross activities locally.

Ryan Bennett, clerk to the parish council added: “The parish council has accumulated financial reserves over the last decade through prudent budget management and has the resources to take on this building and to refurbish it to current standards.

“The council has written formally to both the District Council (who own the land on which the centre sits) and the British Red Cross offering to take over the remainder of the 44-year lease, and manage and operate the building for the community.”

At the time of writing the council is still waiting for a response from Red Cross Centre, but some district councillors have voiced their support for the proposal.

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