The huge cost of meeting rooms for the new West Northants and North Northants Council has been making headlines. This confirms what most of us already know: there is an acute lack of community hubs and meeting rooms in our area.
So many support groups and voluntary organisations are struggling to find a space to meet. Spaces are either too small, too expensive, or already stretched to the limit.
How come? It is the outcome of many years of Tory administration, with underinvestment in community infrastructure.
New housing developments should include community hubs by default. So many voluntary organisations doing good work are struggling to find suitable premises. We need new, modern community centres complete with kitchens, wifi infrastructure and large meeting rooms.