1. WHO OWNS THE COMMUNITY CENTRE?
- The Winscombe Community Association (WCA) was formed 37 years ago, with volunteers running the Centre for the benefit of the community.
- The centre and its grounds are managed by the WCA trustees but owned by the community. The membership of WCA is everyone in the Parish.
2. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
- For the last four years a Development Committee of the Community Association has been looking at the possibilities for developing the Centre. We have named this project “WiNSPACE” – we want to create the new space the village needs. See more in What is happening?
3. WHY ARE YOU PLANNING CHANGE?
- Our old buildings are expensive to maintain and require contingency funds to be put aside.
- Some of the buildings are getting beyond repair and will not be usable within the next few years. For example the youth club annex.
- The Parish is much bigger than it was 40 years ago when the Centre was first created for community use.
- The facilities are fully used and bookings for additional groups are turned away.
- The facilities were not purpose built and are not ideal for many uses: e.g. youth club, drama, music events, indoor sports…..
- The Neighbourhood Development Survey conducted in 2016 showed that the village supports action to improve the community facilities. Our research since has shown similar support.
4. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND?
- There are practical reasons we have to do something, as above…
- but we think the parish deserves more than doing the minimum: a modern venue with facilities to meet current and future needs for the next 40 years and beyond.
- A hub for activities across the community for all to use and take pride in.
- This is an opportunity to do something great for the village.
- For example we could have a welcoming lobby with a cafe, large hall with a stage for concerts and drama, space for young people to run about in, new parish office space … (what would you like to see?). See more in Our Vision
5. BUT WE HAVE OTHER HALLS IN THE VILLAGE…
- There are other halls in the village; St James’ Church Hall, Lynch Chapel hall and Woodborough Hall (‘the Scout Hut’). We have no wish to undermine these and have kept their owners informed of our thinking.
- But the existence of these other halls doesn’t solve the problem of sustainability of our village community facilities for the future or provide what the village will need over the next 40 years.
6. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
- We have been considering the needs of the village based on current demand for hall space and potential funding options.
- We have also been talking to other groups in the village that may be interested and the Parish Council as we develop ideas.
- We have visited other community halls in the region.
- We got architects Stride Treglown to look at two high level ideas – a regeneration of our existing main building and a separate new-build. We have done further work on Option 2 – the new build – as the only option with the potential to meet our needs. Having looked at funding and planning obstacles we are considering our next steps. See more details in What is feasible?
7. COULD OTHER VILLAGE GROUPS HELP FUND A NEW CENTRE?
- We have spoken to potential partners but don’t have any bodies joining in at the moment.
8. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
- We will be providing an update at a public meeting on 28th March 2019 at 7:45pm in the Community Centre. We will set out where we are, progress and the obstacles we face and get people’s views. See What is happening?
9. SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We are determined to move forward, but how will depend on the views expressed by the village. See What happens next?
10. HOW WILL YOU DECIDE WHAT TO DO IN THE END?
- The Community Association’s membership is everyone in the Parish. We will listen to the views of the village and seek to take forward plans that have broad support from the community.
11. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT BUILDING / WILL YOU REDEVELOP THE SITE?
- A modern facility to meet the village’s needs will come at a monetary cost. The village will have a real decision to make about the current building.
- Selling part of the current site to help fund this project is an obvious option.
- Any ideas for this will be part of the village consultation.
12. WHAT OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS ARE THERE?
- There may be money available from development in North Somerset, various grants and lottery funding.
- But given the national financial position, funding from all these sources is less abundant than it may have been in the past.
- So funding will be a challenge and we will almost certainly have to look to our resources in the community to fund a large part of this.
13. WHEN COULD WE HAVE A NEW CENTRE?
- Our research and conversations with potential partners have taken longer than we originally hoped. So at spring 2019 we are probably at least 2 years away.
14. HOW CAN I HELP?
- Thanks for asking! We are a small group of volunteers. If you like to help please contact us. You’ll find details here How can I help?