New management group needed to take over running of local community asset in Dogsthorpe

A new management group is needed to secure the long term future of the Charteris Centre in Dogsthorpe.

The Charteris Centre has a busy well-established pre-school service, play centre and other community-orientated activities. A new management group is needed to take over a long lease, preserving existing services where possible and taking advantage of the space available at the centre to offer additional services for residents.

The centre would be leased by the city council to a management group to run the centre and a good business case will be required, demonstrating how income will be generated to create a sufficient profit to pay for costs such as repairs and maintenance of the building and utility costs. However, there would be a recognition that many services would need to be free of charge and for the benefit of the local community and therefore any rent payable to the city council would reflect this.

The city council is working hard to leave the building in a good condition and will be carrying out a series of works before handing over the lease, which includes the replacement of main heating boilers this year. 

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities, said: "Since 2010 more than 500 community buildings have closed nationally. In Peterborough that figure is zero. We will do everything we can to ensure buildings such as the Charteris Centre stay open." 

Anyone interested in taking over the running of this local centre should request an application form and information pack which will contain further details on the lease and guidance on creating a business plan. To request this, email at NPS Peterborough, which is administering the lease on behalf of the city council 

The deadline for final applications for the lease of the building is Friday 12 July, 2019.

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