WORK has begun on the Haregate estate’s new community centre.
Ascent Housing LLP, a partnership between Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Your Housing Group, is building the new centre as part of the programme to build 370 affordable homes in the Moorlands by March 2015.
Partnership representatives visited the Leek site to mark the start of works on the centre, which is expected to open next summer.
Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member for communities at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “It’s great to see work starting on the new centre, which will be a modern asset that the whole community can enjoy.
“As well as providing high quality, affordable homes for people across the Moorlands, a key aim of the Ascent programme is to support the communities it serves by investing in similarly high quality amenities.
“This new centre in Haregate demonstrates how we are delivering on that promise.” The group also visited the site where 95 homes will be built. Work is due to start on these in the next few months.
The majority of the homes will be available at an affordable rent, with a number available for shared ownership.
Three of the homes built in Leek will be available for people with physical disabilities.
Mrs Bridget Johnson, chairman of Your Moorlands – part of Your Housing Group – added: “The Ascent programme is benefiting the Moorlands in so many ways.
“Not only are we building sustainable, affordable homes and community facilities to bring local people together but we’re also creating a significant number of new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local residents.
“We’ve seen two examples today of the difference this programme is making in Leek alone – it’s an exciting time to be involved with this project.”