Families at a Banbury new-build location have been making full use of a new community centre, complete with a stage, youth wing and meeting rooms, and look forward to using it again later in the year.
Paul Bennison, Bovis Homes' regional marketing manager, centre, with consortium representatives at Longford Park Community Centre
Home owners have been enjoying groups and facilities at the Longford Park Community Centre, which opened recently after the ownership of the building was legally transferred to Cherwell District Council.
The Longford Park Consortium, comprising Bovis Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes, built the facility as part of the planning requirements for the development. The transfer to council ownership took place in January and the building has been available for the growing community to use.
Paul Stafford, West Midlands managing director at Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – said: “Community centres are frequently at the heart of our locations, and are very important to our residents. We believe this centre will help bring people at Longford Park, and the wider Banbury community, together and provide a vital hub.”
Alongside a main hall designed for a variety of uses and events with a fully demountable stage and PA system, the community centre also includes meeting rooms and a youth wing with equipment such as table football and pool tables.
Groups and classes so far have included tots groups, yoga, dance, piano, fitness and Slimming World sessions.