Published Friday, 12th February 2021

What could your local community centre offer to meet your needs and others in your community?

That’s what the Council is asking local residents as part of a consultation to make sure that the borough’s three community centres in Banstead, Horley and Woodhatch meet community needs, both now and in the future.

We are asking centre users what is important to them, including current members and volunteers, charities, groups and local businesses, as well as seeking the views of the wider community about what they would like to see. It could be activities for children and parents, young people’s services, dementia support or support for people experiencing loneliness and isolation or poverty, or something else.

Although currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions, the three centres have previously provided a welcoming place for the over 50s offering a range of activities, as well as hireable rooms for community groups and events. The centres also host charities like Citizens Advice and services such as podiatry and hairdressers.

Meeting community needs

Cllr Rod Ashford, Executive Member for Community Partnerships, said: “We have an ambition to transform our community centres so that they better meet the needs of the local communities they serve. We want to hear from local residents about what they think of the choice of services provided so far and what else the centres could offer. Perhaps the centres could offer something for you, your family or neighbours? Please take part in our consultation to tell us what you think to help shape their future.”

More information about the centres, including some early ideas, are included in the survey.  The deadline for comments is 22 March.

Those without access to the internet can call us on 01737 276000 to ask for a paper copy of the survey.

We will share results from the consultation, our plans and next steps in the summer.

To find out more about our community centres see the Community Centres page.