THE keys for a community centre in Bourne have been officially handed over to a residents group.
Developer Kier Homes handed over the centre in Elsea Park, Bourne, to the Elsea Park Community Trust.
The building, which is off Sandown Drive, will be called The Centre @ Elsea Park.
Following the work by Kier Homes, which cost £750,000, the centre provides the community with a large main hall with a stage, meeting facilities, a kitchen, a reception area and new offices for the trust.
The trust’s chairman Angela Bailey is delighted that the centre is ready. The trust will put the finishing touches to the building before it opens.
She said: “The centre will provide Elsea Park with a real heart.
“As more and more people have come to live here, we are beginning to see a real village atmosphere develop and having a facility such as the new centre can only further engender that feeling of community.
“The specification of the building is wonderful and I can’t wait to see the centre in full use.
“We really appreciate the time and effort that Kier Homes has put in to providing not only the community centre but also the ongoing landscaping of the Linear Park and the recent dredging of the ponds at the entrance - all of which has contributed to making Elsea Park a really lovely place to live.”
Residents have waited a long time for the work to be completed and are planning a weekend of celebrations to mark the opening.
Planning permission was granted in 2008 but the start of work was delayed until November 2010 and residents were then promised it would be open by April last year.
Kier Homes residential land director Daniel Browne said: “I am so pleased to be able to hand over the community centre to Angela and her team.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the trust in specifying and designing the centre and I hope the residents of Elsea Park will get as much use as possible out of what is now a fantastic community resource.”