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A new hub in Albany Park is hoping to bring a sense of community spirit back into the local area
Park workers hope parent and toddler sessions and workshops for the elderly at a disused bowls club will rekindle community spirit.
The former Albany Park Bowls Club in Bell Lane, Enfield Wash, is set to undergo a £60,000 revamp.
A drop-in centre, coffee mornings for parents and toddlers and workshops for the older generation will all take place in the building, as well as community events.
Chairman of Friends of Albany Park Gina Needs feels the new centre can revive a lost community spirit.
She said: “There is no sense of community here and we really hope this new community hub can create one. People these days don’t even engage in eye contact and have disassociated themselves with everything.
“When we had consultations, the top three requests were something for the over 50s, something for parents and their toddlers and finally a youth club.”
Sherry Gateson, of Castle Road, which is next to the park, is delighted the former club can be put to good use and is relieved that someone in the borough is showing some initiative to revitalise the area.
Building work is set to begin after Christmas subject to confirmation from Enfield Borough Council Planning committee meeting, which meets tonight at the Civic Centre in Silver Street.
If approved, the hub will take four to five weeks to be built and Ms Needs is hopeful everything will be in place.
She said: “We managed to secure funding from the Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund and we will be kitting everything out, ensuring all doors can accommodate disabled people and improving the toilet facilities.”
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