Friday 31st January, 2020

Romsey Mill to manage new planned Mill Road Community Centre in partnership with PACT

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Romsey Mill & PACT Partnership Appointed To Manage New Planned Mill Road Community Centre

Romsey Mill is part of a new partnership of local community organisations that has been appointed by Cambridge City Council to manage a new community centre that will be built as part of the ‘Ironworks’ housing scheme on the former Mill Road Depot site, in Cambridge.

Romsey Mill Trust and Petersfield Area Community Trust (PACT) worked collaboratively to submit a successful tender to secure an initial 11-year lease to run the new community building for local residents and community groups to use.

The council has appointed an operator for the building at this early stage so that they can help to inform the specification for the individual spaces in the new centre.

The new community centre will be built in the final phase of the Ironworks scheme and is due to open in August 2021.

The new centre is being funded by Section 106 developer contributions, and will be fully accessible, providing much needed community facilities and meeting spaces for Petersfield ward, including:

• A large hall for community events

• Meeting rooms

• A community kitchen, and

• An outdoor space.

The new community centre is part of a building scheme on the former Council Depot site, just off Mill Road, that will include 182 homes, 50% of them new council homes.

Cambridge City Councillor Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “We are delighted that PACT and Romsey Mill Trust, two organisations embedded in the local community, have been appointed to manage the new community centre at Mill Road. This is a part of the city that has long needed more community facilities. Together with PACT and Romsey Mill, we will now work closely with local residents to help shape plans for the new centre, to ensure it provides services and facilities that people really want.”

Diane Hicks, Romsey Mill’s Operations and Resources Manager said: “We are delighted to be partnering with PACT in this new community venture.”

“From our work in delivering support to families and young people within Cambridge, we know the value of having suitable spaces available for people to come together, establish friendships and engage in positive activities, all of which helps grow community.”

“We have 40 years experience of managing community centres, with our own Romsey Mill Centre, and more recently Ross Street Community Centre; and we are excited about working with PACT at the new community centre, as part of the Ironworks development.