Where are the meeting rooms and community centres?

By Anne Lee on May 27, 2021

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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. 

Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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