Council bosses plan £3million revamp to turn Jarrow community facility into hub

Jarrow Community Association, based in Jarrow Community Centre, could be set for a �3million revamp.
Jarrow Community Association, based in Jarrow Community Centre, could be set for a �3million revamp.

A South Tyneside community facility could be set for a £3million revamp as council bosses aim to create a new hub in Jarrow.

Consulation to develop a multi-purpose leisure facility on the site of Jarrow Community Association, in Cambrian Street, is already underway.

This £3million makeover heralds exciting times ahead

Coun Alan Kerr

South Tyneside Council’s plan is to update the existing community centre into a hub which will be managed and branded alongside its other leisure facilities.

The plans include a new library on the site, while the existing gym, sports hall, dance studios and theatre space will be remodelled.

A new entrance and external façade as well as stairs and refurbished toilets are also included.

Members of the cabinet will be told that the council is consulting with residents about the proposals. A presentation has already been given at a Jarrow Community Area Forum meeting, while the plans will be going on display within the building and public forum sessions are planned.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader with responsibility for leisure and culture, said: “This £3million makeover heralds exciting times ahead.

“These plans will allow us to extend our portfolio of leisure facilities across the borough as a whole, giving all residents greater choice.

“I would encourage people to take a look at the proposals and have their say in shaping this hub, which is set to become a valuable community resource.”

The council is currently working with current user groups and is promoting the site in a bit to widen its appeal. The report will be presented to members of the cabinet on Wednesday, October 5.