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Community centre to close after 25 years

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THE Quays Community Centre at Thelwall is to close at the end of the summer after some 25 years of serving the local community.
The building has been sold by current owners Warrington Housing Association (WHA)
The community centre is home to a number of user groups in the area and they will have to seek alternative premises.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council lease the community centre part of the building, but their lease runs out later this year.
Cllr Mike Biggin said: “I am sad to see the community centre close, but I understand the reasons why WHA are selling it and, of course, we still have the community centre in Bell House Lane and the community library and, of course, the Thelwall Parish Hall is well used.
“But it is a pity we are losing a community centre which has served local people very well.”
David Cummins, chief executive of WHA, said: “Warrington Housing Association is committed to both the homes it provides and the wider services delivered.
“We have a duty to ensure the choices we make about our homes and services are right for our residents and the community. We have consulted with the Parish Council, the Quays Committee and the service centre users to explore all options and believe this is the right thing to do at this time. We will support the transition over the next six months to ensure it is a smooth process for all involved.”
It is understood users of other parts of the building, including the doctors’ surgery, will not be affected by the changes.

Four years ago there was an uproar when plans were put forward to demolish a convenience store which shares the community centre car park. But that scheme never went ahead.

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