Revival for Paston Farm community centre

Signing over of Paston Farm from the City Council to  the farm committee members pictured front are Cllr Nigel North and Steve Pinning EMN-150120-102012009
Signing over of Paston Farm from the City Council to the farm committee members pictured front are Cllr Nigel North and Steve Pinning EMN-150120-102012009
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A community facility has been brought back to life thanks to bosses from a number of city organisations.

For the past 18 months a group known as the Paston Community Foundation, which includes The Voyager Academy, Age UK, Families First, Cross Keys Homes and Sustrans, have been working hard to secure the future of Paston Farm Centre.

This week saw the official handover of the facility, celebrated with a gathering at the centre for all those involved.

The foundation had the common goal of seeing Paston Farm Centre used once again for the benefit of the local community and community groups.

The Centre was once used for youth provision in the city but fell out of use following a reduction in funding in 2013.

It has since been used intermittently.

Heidi Latronico, co-ordinator at The Voyager Academy, said: “We are really proud to be part of this project.

“We are excited for the future, as there are a lot of potential plans for how to use the space.

“We can’t wait to play our part.”

Plans include neighbouring primary schools working with The Voyager to create artwork to decorate the facility.

Peterborough city councillors, Cllr Gavin Elsey, Cllr John Knowles, Cllr Frances Fox and Cllr Sue Day, all supported the group’s growth and its bid for the centre.

Cllr Nigel North, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said: “We hope to work with others in the city to find 
future opportunities for similar community asset transfers, helping us continue to provide services across the city.”