A Shed for the Community
A locked up, empty building will soon be transformed into a community centre for Keyham.
For the last 20 years The Shed in North Down Crescent recreation ground has been many things including a youth club, a football changing room and a groundkeepers hut before falling into disuse.
But following a petition from Keyham residents to Plymouth City Council, and a £9,000 donation to Keyham Neighbourhood Watch by the Co-operative, The Shed will now be turned into a community coffee shop with profits going back into the area.
The large donation came from staff at customers at five Co-op stores: Stoke Village, Beacon Park, Wilton Street, St George’s Terrace and Wolseley Road who chose the Keyham Neighbourhood Watch as one of their good local causes.
Apart from being a coffee shop it is hoped The Shed will also be used as a community centre hosting lots of activities for children and a patio area outside for families.
Local councillors also played a big part in helping with the process of transferring the ownership of the building to the neighbourhood watch.
“We are currently transferring the ownership of the building to the community through the community asset transfer process,” said a spokesperson for Plymouth City Council. “While the paperwork is taking a little while we are really pleased that a locked up empty building is going to be open once more to the community for them to enjoy activities.
“We have been carrying out maintenance work on the building to get it back to a suitable condition including checking the electrics, replacing locks and doors and repairs to the plumbing. It is now being leased by the Keyham Neighbourhood Watch who have some exciting plans for its future.”
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