Melbourn Community Hub shortlisted for national awards

The Melbourn Community Hub. Credit: Keith Mindham Photography.

The Melbourn Community Hub. Credit: Keith Mindham Photography. - Credit: Photo: © Keith Mindham Photogr

Melbourn Community Hub has been shortlisted for two awards just a year after it was built.

The hub, which contains a volunteer library, cafe and computer room has been shortlisted for the southern region and nationwide community-led Placemaking awards.

The site of the hub was a disused police station which was bought by building society Hundred Houses in 2009.

After Melbourn Parish Council raised £650,000 in funds, the building society agreed to build 13 affordable homes on the site and a community centre.

The parish council took ownership of the completed hub in February of last year after borrowing the money from the Public Works Loan Board.

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Melbourn parish councillor Jose Hales said: “The building is a fantastic asset for the village and is booked out for all kinds of activities that were not possible before.

“The hub has – as I dreamed of – become the centre of the village, a place to meet and somewhere to make enquiries.”

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The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 31.

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