Design and services on offer
Within the survey respondents were asked to indicate how important a range of facilities were to have in the new community centre. The majority of respondents rated each of the elements as ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’. Those attracting the highest percentage scores were ‘hall for community use/hire’ (89 per cent), ‘room(s) suitable for exercise/dance classes’ (87 per cent) and ‘outside space’ (83 per cent).
The Venture Community Association (VCA) identified ‘two large flexible halls’ as one of their priorities for the new centre. The Wornington Green Resident Steering Group (RSG) were also keen to see a large main hall retained.
Respondents to the survey were also asked to prioritise a list of services and activities. Most selected responses were ‘exercise or dance classes’ (49 per cent), ‘adventure playground’ (40 per cent) and ‘adult education classes’ (38 per cent).
The most mentioned aspects by those attending the events and activities were ‘adventure playground/outdoor play’ (33 comments), ‘sports/sports facilities’ (24 comments) and ‘adult and children’s learning/education’ (19 comments). At the event targeted at children and young people, their top answers were ‘adventure playground’ (20 comments) and ‘sports/sports facilities’ (14 comments).
The VCA also identified ‘learning spaces for adult and children with state of the art technology’ as one of their key priorities for the new centre. They indicate that the current Venture Centre delivers a varied programme of learning that would be enhanced by appropriate facilities and access to new technology.
The RSG were keen to see space dedicated to childcare/crèche, as well as a homework club, computer suite and sewing/craft room.
Respondents to the survey were asked how they would like to see outside space utilised in the new centre. Most common responses were for an ‘adventure playground’ (58 per cent) and a ‘community garden’ (49 per cent).
Other uses of the new building
As the new building is likely to contain additional floors, other than the community centre, respondents to the survey were asked to indicate which other uses they would support. Most popular, of the options presented to them, were ‘educational uses’ (58 per cent) and ‘public service uses’ (45 per cent). In their response the VCA feel offices, educational uses or other community uses would complement the community centre.