Hitchin demolition sees start of new Westmill project

PUBLISHED: 17:57 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:57 06 February 2017

Westmill Community Centre. Credit: Alan Millard

Westmill Community Centre. Credit: Alan Millard

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An old community centre in Hitchin was demolished this week after being a central part of the community for more than 43 years.

A new multi-use games area for young people to use and enjoy is expected to be built in the old centre’s place by North Herts homes – set to be finished by late spring.

The new £1.8m Westmill Community Centre – which was built a few yards away from the old building – officially replaced the old centre last August, when the keys were handed over to the community association to run a wide range of activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Michal ‘Mick’ Furr, 75, who had managed the old centre since its opening in 1974, had the honour of starting the digger which knocked the building down during a special event to mark the occasion.

Mick, who received an MBE in honour of the work she carried out in the centre, said: “I am here today to add another chapter to the story of Westmill Community Association’s journey.”

North Herts District Council’s executive member for community engagement, Councillor Tony Hunter, vice chairman Alan Millard and executive member for housing, Councillor Bernard Lovewell, also joined the gathering, along with Paul Richards – head of development for North Herts Homes.

Westmill Community Association committee member Vicky Pooley and chairman, Romina Whitelock, along with many others who used the old community centre also attended.

Mr Richards said: “It’s always a pleasure working with our partners and we’re delighted to have been a part of redeveloping this community area. Our aim is to have the multi-use area ready by the early May bank holiday.”

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