Northampton Borough Council are set to carry out a major refurbishment and expansion of Rectory Farm Community. The works are due to be part funded from compensation monies paid to the Council for the release of the Barn Own Pub building covenant which closed in 2016 after it was converted to a Co-Op supermarket.
The Community Centre as it currently appears on Olden Road.
The exciting plans will include a full refurbishment of the current building including a new kitchen, toilets and new baby changing with disabled facilities. Crucially the community centre will also be expanded to include the addition of another hall meaning that more than one group can use the building at a time.
Expansion plans for the community centre include an additional hall, new kitchen and refurbished toilet facilities.
Building work is expected start in summer 2019 with an official planning application soon to be submitted to Northampton Borough council.
Cllr James Hill said, “I am thrilled and delighted that these much needed works are being proposed for Rectory Farm Community Centre. Having first campaigned against the pub closure in 2016 and then helping to secure the compensation funds I am pleased this money is going back into our community. The proposed changes and works will be of great benefit to our community as it will make the building far more versatile and improve avaliabitly for local groups and users. Most importantly all the compensation money received from Barn Owl Pub closure paid to NBC will be going back into Rectory Farm while the council have kindly agreed to fund the rest of the project. I will continue to work closely with the Council and Community Spaces (who manage the community Centre), in delivering this exciting project.”