Revamped Hartlepool community centre set to reopen

Dorothy Clark, chairwoman of Greatham Community Association.
Dorothy Clark, chairwoman of Greatham Community Association.

An upgraded community venue will be unveiled later this week.

People will get to see the new-look Greatham Community Centre on Friday.

The popular centre is a focal point for community life and used by organisations including a parent and toddler group, a youth club, exercise and dance classes, and flower arranging classes.

But the traditional brick-built building needed refurbishing.

The building’s roof has been replaced, and a new heating system and gas supply have been installed.

Funding for the work, which was led by Greatham Community Association, came from local donations and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded £47,608 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Chairwoman of Greatham Community Association, Dorothy Clark, said the centre was now warmer, more comfortable and more energy-efficient.

Veolia Environmental Trust executive director, Paul Taylor, said centres such as Greatham “play a vital role in our communities”.