Issue 16 September 2019

Matters

New community centre opened in Pease Pottage

Earlier this summer we were delighted to open a brand new community building at Finches Field in Pease Pottage.

The purpose built facility will provide Pease Pottage with a focal point for the community and support the sport and play activities that are provided at Finches Field.

The new community centre is the ideal place for village fetes and is well suited as a venue for special occasions like wedding receptions and birthday parties. It can be used as a place for social groups to meet, as a venue for positive activities like exercise classes or simply as a venue for community meetings.

Finches Field is a popular location for sport so the new community centre has showers, toilets and changing facilities for sports teams to use. There is a separate shower and toilet for the referee and the changing rooms have their own entrance so that they can be used even when the main building is closed.

There’s a private meeting room for small gatherings and office space for Slaugham Parish Council officers to use while managing the building on behalf of the community. Storage space is also provided for chairs, collapsible tables and other equipment.

Mid Sussex District Council allocated more than £675,000 in Section 106 development contributions and donated a further £111,145 of council funds to finance the development of the new facility. The construction and management of the new community centre has been undertaken entirely by Slaugham Parish Council.

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