Groups urged to use community centre in Belper

A building set to benefit community groups in Belper officially opened at the weekend.

Alton Manor Community Centre, on Gregorys Way, was opened by the Mayor of Belper, Councillor Dan Booth.

Belper Town Mayor, Dan Booth, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Alton Manor Community Centre, with Malcolm Gee, centre, the chairman of the 1st Alton Manor Scout Group, and Group Scout leader, Darren Barnes.

Belper Town Mayor, Dan Booth, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Alton Manor Community Centre, with Malcolm Gee, centre, the chairman of the 1st Alton Manor Scout Group, and Group Scout leader, Darren Barnes.

The building was purchased by 1st Alton Manor Scout Group for their own use, but is also available to the community.

The temporary building was put up earlier this year and it is hoped that it will be replaced with a permanent building in the future.

Christine Hallsworth, secretary, said the centre was available for any groups to use. She said: “The open day was to promote it. From what we are hearing locally though the building says Alton Manor on it everybody thinks it’s a scout hut. We didn’t want it to be known as a scout hut, the building is there for the whole community to use.

“We have had a number of enquiries, one from a yoga class. The scout group use it two and half evenings a week and the Explorers use it on a Thursday so that cuts downs when it can be used at night.”

The building has temporary planning permission for five years. Plans were originally submitted for a permanent structure but they ran out of money. If more groups use it a case can be made for a permanent building.

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