£60,000 improvement cash will warm up Thornbury community centre
THORNBURY'S Chantry Community and Arts Centre is being given almost £60,000 to spend on improvements.
The money has come via South Gloucestershire Council, which was given it by developers as part of legal deals connected to the town's Park Farm and Morton Way housing developments.
It will pay to install completely new central heating and hot water systems in the main building and coach house at the centre in Castle Street.
The work should be finished by mid-November, in time for the new heating system to replace the centre's 33 existing storage heaters, providing a "much better environment" for the groups starting to return as the venue reopens following coronavirus restrictions.
Thornbury and District Community Association owns and manages the building.
Chairman David Derham said: “We are absolutely delighted that the council has been able to award this funding to the Chantry.
"The current storage heaters are very old and lack the necessary level of control to provide heat when it is needed. The new heating systems will enable us to provide a much better environment for our user groups and will significantly reduce our operating costs and amount of wasted energy. "We will also be able to comfortably accommodate many more groups in the evenings, when previously the heating was totally unsatisfactory.
"This project will be a critical addition to the many other things we have been doing recently to improve the quality of facilities and business processes at the Chantry.”
The new heating system work will complete a programme of improvements carried out at the Chantry over the last two years, which also included new windows last year.
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “We are pleased to secure this funding from nearby developments that will help the Chantry install a more economical heating system and be used to its full potential.
"These improvements will mean the venue can cater for additional community uses, as the current poor heating provision means that the building is not suitable for use for a lot of the target groups in the evening in the later autumn/winter month. Once the work is complete, the facility will hopefully attract new course and activity organisers, to increase the capacity of events at the community centre for local residents.”
The £59,700 funding handed over by the developers of the Park Farm and Morton Way developments was earmarked to be used as a contribution towards providing extra capacity at one of the town's community centres, under a deal linked to planning permission, known as a Section 106 agreement.
Picture: South Gloucestershire cabinet councillor Rachael Hunt, Thornbury and District Community Association chairman David Derham and deputy chair Graham Morris outside the Chantry.