Community assets in Blacon transferred to avenue services
1 November 2016The community of Blacon is set to benefit from future investment now that 11 Cheshire West and Chester Council assets have been transferred on a long-term lease to Avenue Services.
Avenue Services, based at the Parade Enterprise Centre in Blacon, is a joint venture between the Council and Sanctuary Group.
The move will ensure the sites will be managed to meet local need and enhance local services. Avenue Services will ensure that local residents will have a say in future ideas for the sites.
Along with the assets, £340,000 is being made available from the Council as a result of past Section 106 agreements, where private developers have had to donate funding to improve the local community.
Around £240,000 will be spent upgrading play equipment at a number of the sites including Linear Park and Cairns Crescent Playing Fields, the home of Blacon Youth Football Club.
A further £100,000 over four years is being channelled into the creation of local training and employment opportunities at Avenue Services.
Avenue Services has also started to invest in the Adventure Playground, in Kipling Road, which is one of the neighbourhood’s most popular family attractions, open throughout the year and featuring a large indoor space for activities and an urban farm.
The indoor space is now being well-used by Blacon Boxing Club, which sees around 200 local people attending training each week.
Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Blacon because they will be able to have a much greater say in how these assets are used.
“We always aim to do the best for local people and by listening to their views we can deliver the services that meet their needs.”
Councillor David Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance, said: “This is an exciting day for the whole of the community of Blacon.
“The asset transfer will put local people at the heart of discussions about how Blacon will look in the future, giving residents greater influence over issues that matter to them.
“The transfer will also trigger a £340,000 investment in key community priorities. The future for Blacon is looking very bright indeed.”