RESIDENTS in the Horsley Hill area of South Shields will be celebrating this weekend as a new community hub throws open its doors for the first time.
Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre will host a community fun event tomorrow from 10am to noon, to give people a chance to look around and offer their ideas for the future.
The event will offer a range of children’s sports activities as well as free health checks, refreshments and a chance for families to add to their first aid skills.
Team games for over-eights will include kick rounders, ‘kwik cricket’ and dodge ball, while children of all ages will enjoy meeting local firefighters and seeing a fire engine up
The new centre has been developed by South Tyneside Council and replaces the former community centre which closed last year as it was beyond economic repair.
The £1.6m centre will be a community hub for the Horsley Hill area, with a 3G artificial sports pitch, gym and sports hall, as well as offering youth activities, events and rooms for hire.
A GP surgery, dentist and South Tyneside Homes office are already operating from the site.
Coun Mark Walsh said: “This is another major investment by the Council and I would encourage people to come along and see just how impressive the new facilities are.
“The centre is in an ideal location for community activities and will make a real difference in helping Horsley Hill residents to have healthier lifestyles.
“The new centre will also involve some new ways of doing things, and it’s natural that this may cause some concerns, but this is a first class development that will serve the
community well for years to come.”
The new centre, which was funded by South Tyneside Council and the NHS, is managed on the council’s behalf by local charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.
Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “This is a superb new facility and it shows a clear commitment by the council to help local residents improve their health and wellbeing. We want the centre to be a hive of activity at the heart of the local community, and Saturday is a chance for people to drop
in, take a look around and share their ideas for activities they would like to see in the future.”