Telford 50 Legacy Fund helps with Oakengates refurbishments
Oakengates Town Council is using its share of Telford 50 Legacy Fund for the renovation of The Wakes community building and the Bandstand in Hartshill Park. This is part of a £2m Telford & Wrekin Council scheme, which gives £150,000 to each of the borough’s five main town councils, including Oakengates, as part of Telford 50 celebrations.
Located in the heart of Oakengates, The Wakes community centre will undergo an extensive range of improvements to modernise its facilities for both public and private events.
The work ranges from rendering external walls and creating a wall mural to installing new windows and doors at the centre.
Additionally, there are plans for the purchasing and installation of canopies in the square outside the Wakes, which will enable this to be used, for many different community activities, outdoors under shelter.
The Bandstand in nearby Hartshill Park will undergo a major refurbishment, to provide electricity, an upgraded roof, ceiling, painting and much more.
This will allow it to host more events and attract many more people into Oakengates.
Work at The Wakes and the Bandstand in Hartshill Park will be carried out over the coming months.
Oakengates Town Council is also putting £20,163 towards these projects in match funding.
Councillor Steve Reynolds, Mayor of Oakengates Town Council says: “The Wakes centre and Hartshill Park are right at the very heart of our Oakengates community and as such, of great importance to our residents who continuously use these facilities.
“The refurbishment work which is about to be carried out thanks to the Telford 50 Legacy Fund will make a real difference, with the Wakes set to become an even more attractive and welcoming venue and the Park to host a significantly improved bandstand, as one of its main attractions.”
“All these improvements help us support our community long into the future – that’s why they make such a great legacy of Telford 50.”
Cllr Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Employment, Education and Lifelong Learning said: “In deciding how the Telford 50 legacy fund would be most beneficial, we have asked communities what they want and need – and they chose the refurbishment of community buildings and facilities as a key theme.”
“The Wakes and the Bandstand are great examples of how re-invigorating facilities at the very heart of a community helps to boost the area and to preserve them as key places for community activities for many years to come.”
The £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services.
News on these schemes is published on www.telford50.co.uk/legacy
Pictured (left to right): Cllr Steve Reynolds (Mayor of Oakengates) and Cllr Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Employment, Education and Lifelong Learning and Cllr for Oakengates