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Parish Council Launches Office Replacement Consultation

Please respond to our consultation by Wednesday 29 May

Published: May 21, 2024

COMPLETE THE CONSULTATION ONLINE @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuW0wvfxm08U-vJJrdmT4P1PosWQ3K-d1M7ZnzQ4RKCuj5xA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

PAPER COPIES OF THE SURVEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE.

Purpose of Consultation:

Croxley Green Parish Council (CGPC) is seeking input from residents on a significant decision regarding the replacement of its office premises. The current Parish Council office, a second-hand temporary building installed in 1993, has exceeded its projected lifespan of 25 years. It is now outdated, no longer fit for purpose, and lacks adequate community space and facilities to meet the demands of our growing community and Parish Council.

Options for the Future:

The Parish Council has carefully considered two options to address these issues:

  1. Purchase the Red Cross Centre from Three Rivers District Council.
  2. Build a new office on the current office site on Community Way.

After thorough consideration, the Parish Council believes the best option for our community is Option 1, to purchase the Red Cross Centre. Here’s why:

  • Community Asset: The Red Cross Centre, listed as an Asset of Community Value, is a cherished space in the heart of Croxley Green. Although it was closed to outside hirers in 2019, purchasing it would allow us to reopen it for the community, providing a valuable and unique space for various local events and activities.
  • Preservation of Heritage: The Centre holds historical and sentimental value for many residents. Purchasing it would preserve a part of our community’s heritage and prevent its replacement with nine flats, as proposed by Three Rivers District Council.
  • Modernisation Potential: While the Centre is fully serviceable, the Parish Council commits to renovating and modernising it for community use if the purchase is successful.
  • Cost-Effective & Immediate Use: The Red Cross Centre can be utilised sooner than a new build, making it a more cost-effective option that avoids potential construction delays and cost overruns.

Costs and Funding:

CGPC has financial reserves that could be used to fund part of this important project. Additionally, the Parish Council can apply for funding from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), which offers loans at favourable rates. This funding option is viable for both purchasing the Red Cross Centre and constructing a new building.

Resident Survey on Funding:

Regardless of the outcome of this consultation, residents will be further surveyed to gather their opinions on whether they agree with the Parish Council’s decision to apply for funding from the PWLB. This additional survey is a requirement for the PWLB application process, ensuring the community’s voice is heard and considered in the decision-making process.

Your Participation:

Your input is invaluable in helping us make the best choice for our community. Please complete the consultation form and share your preference between purchasing the Red Cross Centre or building a new office on the current site.

Deadline:

Please return your completed form to the Parish Council office no later than Wednesday, 29 May.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or require assistance with the form, please contact Parish Clerk, Ryan Bennett, at info@croxleygreen-pc.gov.uk or 01923 710250. You are also welcome to visit the office for further assistance.

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