A NEW community centre in the heart of Kingsway will be taken over by Quedgeley Parish Council once building work is complete.
Kingsway Community Centre is currently being built be developers on Valley Gardens. It will be handed over to Gloucester City Council, who will in turn lease it out to a tenant.
Earlier this year, the council put the community centre out there calling for groups and organisations to take over the building, which is near completion.
Originally, the rent was set at £11,500 per year but the council more than halved the amount to £5,000 in a bid to appease angry community groups.
Jacquie Webster, parish clerk for Quedgeley Parish Council, said: “The parish council were successful in their business plan that submitted. We believe the hand over will be on August 15.”
Quedgeley Parish Council currently runs the existing community centre on the estate as well as the sports centre at Waterwells.
Mrs Webster added: “We would like to use to the community building for family orientated events and functions for both Kingsway and Quedgeley.
“The parish council is also keen to base some of its officers there, so they can have a base.
“It is very good news that the council have halved the rent. We do not have to pay for the first year. The community centre is great news for everyone in the community.”
The purpose built building will boast two function rooms, kitchen, bar facilities, an office, committee rooms, toilets, parking and an activity area.
County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “It is certainly good news that we have an operator to run the centre.
“There was a real need to have a community centre in the area in such a central location. I know various people have been interested in running their groups from the building.”