Public Exhibition at St Mary’s Centre
We are holding an informal public exhibition at St Mary’s Centre from Wednesday 1 March to Saturday 4 March (Weds-Fri, 12pm-8pm and Sat, 10am-5pm) so that people from the local community can come along and talk to us about our exciting proposals for the site.
We hope to engage with as many people as possible and ensure that the community centre meets the needs of the local population. This exhibition is not formal consultation, but an informal way of engaging with the local community to discuss our proposals.
As a Christian charity, YMCA has a great legacy of adding benefit to local communities such as YMCA Hawker in north Kingston and YMCA White House in Hampton. Similarly our desire for Chessington is to be a positive force for good in the community, a respected neighbour and part of the long-term future of community services for local people.
The story so far
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.
If you have any questions or enquiries, please email us at YCube@ymcalsw.org