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Calls for better use of centre


Councilors are campaigning for a day centre to be made available for use by the community.

Bingham Town Council wants the Moorlands Day Centre to be used by villagers, even though it is too small to accommodate a community centre.

It provides day care services for Nottinghamshire County Council four days a week.

It has already been removed from a list of possible sites for a Bingham Community Centre because a working party set up to find a suitable site decided it was too small.

Moorlands was built with £272,000 left by a resident of the former Moorlands Nursing Home, Miss Phyllis Salmon, who died in 1989. It was built on land owned by the county council, which runs the day centre.

The town council’s community building working group chairman, Mrs Maureen Stockwood, said Miss Salmon left the money specifically for community use.

Mrs Stockwood said the council had no problem with Moorlands being used as a day centre but it could be made available for the local community at other times, such as in the evenings or at weekends.

She said nursing homes and day centres were closing and it was possible the Moorlands day centre could too.

“It may be one of the assets the county council wants to capitalise on,” she said.

Town council working party member Mr Francis Purdue-Horan, said they wanted to know how much the day centre was used and where the users were from.

“Do they come from outside the area?” he asked.

He said Miss Salmon did not mean the whole of Nottinghamshire when she stated her bequest was for community use.

The town clerk, Mr Alan Harvey, will write to the county council to ask about current use of the building and where users come from.

He will also ask about times when the building was not being used and whether it could be made available for community use.

It was suggested the council could, if necessary, submit a Freedom of Information request to find out how many of the day centre users were actually from Bingham.

Mrs Stockwood said the county councillor for Bingham, Mr Martin Suthers, had supported them in the past on the Moorlands issue and that he would be invited to the next community committee meeting to discuss it again.

A county council spokesman confirmed that Moorlands Day Centre was in its ownership.

She said they met with the town council to offer them use of the building outside day centre hours back in September 2006. But she said they understood the town council was only interested in owning the building and they were still waiting to hear back from them.

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