YMCA has been discussing acquiring the St Mary’s Centre site with RBK and representatives from St Mary’s church over the past few months, in the light of the proposed rent increase and associated maintenance costs for the centre.
The ambition is to provide a brand new community centre, together with 31 affordable homes for local people. RBK has now agreed that YMCA LSW may take over the lease.
However, there’s a long way to go before anything is finalised.
What happens next?
The project is at its earliest stages. Ultimately we need to finalise the design and then submit an application for planning permission. But before we do that we will be consulting widely with the local community in a variety of ways. We believe this is an exciting opportunity for YMCA Chessington; we want everyone to have a chance to help shape that opportunity.
A vibrant hub at the heart of your community
We want the new centre to be at the heart of the community; providing services that the local people need and want. We are keen to ensure that local people are fully engaged in the process as we begin to develop the project. We have already had some initial consultations, including public meetings and sessions at the centre over the summer with hall users and residents. We have set up a consultative group which is made up from local residents of all ages and backgrounds, not all of whom are users of the existing building.
St Mary's Centre - FAQ's
- Frequently Asked Questions [35kb/pdf]