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Community centre is popular again thanks to improvements

Date: 01/02/2008           Category: Social Regeneration

Improvements at a Medway community centre – including CCTV and a ball park – have increased its popularity among residents. Hook Meadow Community Centre in Walderslade now boasts a state-of-the-art CCTV system, which is linked to Medway Council’s operations centre at Strood, new fencing, and a new ball court. Around £128,000 has been spent on the project, which was funded through Members Priorities from the council’s capital programme. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “The improvements at the community centre have given it a new lease of life. The ball court means young people have somewhere to go. “Since we’ve had the CCTV system and fencing installed, the incidents of anti-social behaviour have dropped dramatically. In addition, bookings to hire the hall at the Community Centre have been on the increase, both during the day and in the evenings, which is excellent news.” The council's Social Regeneration Manager Clem Smith said: “This project is a very good example of joined up working across various departments within the council. The CCTV and fencing are also strongly supported by Kent Police – another example of partnership working for the benefit of Medway residents.”