Following our community consultation there appeared to be a need for additional ‘indoor space’ for certain activities/groups. These included…
- A central social/drop-in space for young people
- A central social/drop-in space for families with young children
- Groups requiring permanent bases (not space they have to hire by the hour)
- Equipment storage
Since the consultation other groups have come forward with ideas such as a Business Hub and space for children/people with additional needs or disabilities.
In response to this Ramsey Million Partnership decided to bring together key organisations to look into the use of community spaces in Ramsey Parish. Two major actions came from this collaboration. Firstly to create a directory of available community spaces (see link below).
The second action was to commission independent consultants to assess if there really is a genuine need or whether by making some adjustments space could be found/utilised within existing buildings. Ramsey Million Partnership are committed to spending money wisely and will not invest large sums of money in additional community space unless absolutely necessary. Therefore this study will help determine the way forward.
The independent consultants concluded that despite a number of available spaces none wholly fitted the criteria that came from the community consultation. The two main community needs continue to be:
- A social/drop-in space for young people
- A social/drop-in space for families with young children
In addition there was found to be a need for an affordable space to run community courses and a permanent home for activities for families and young people.
Ramsey Million Partnership are now investigating all possibilities with the aim of fulfilling these requirements.
Update on The Pavilion – our vision for a new community space for Ramsey
We’re really excited to reveal our provisional plans for an extension to Ramsey Cricket Club for general community use. After 3 years of extensive research, consultation and audit of all the available community buildings in Ramsey we are delighted to report that Ramsey Million, Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust and Ramsey Cricket Club are working together with the aim of making this building a reality.
Since May 2018 we’ve consulted widely and we have had 44 reply slips returned with some very positive and constructive feedback, which will help us as we move forward to the next stage. Comments included …
‘Informal community space is needed. I know various options have been considered and whichever is chosen there will be a compromise because there is no ideal available. Considering the use already offered by owners of the Cricket Club, the facilities available now and the potential this venue offers this is a very good compromise. I support this proposal wholeheartedly!’
‘We fully support these changes so the building will be used more which will reduce anti-social behaviour on-site. It will be a great opportunity for community activities throughout the year. We live directly behind the Cricket Club and certainly do not object. We love to see the youth active and others being together.’
Ramsey Million are delighted to have secured the services of an award-winning architect, who specialises in community buildings. His ideas were well received by the District Council, when submitted for pre-planning, and he is now working on the full planning application. We’ll keep you updated as things progress…..