Ardagh building gains approval by council

February 29 2016
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Ardagh building gains approval by council

In January, the newly formed Horfield Common Community Interest Company (CIC) heard some excellent news from the council. The CIC was formed in autumn 2015 to bring forward plans for the community to take over management of the Ardagh building, the surrounding tennis courts and sports facilities.

Just before Christmas they submitted a formal expression of interest to Bristol Council stating their wish to run the building for the benefit of the community.

The council has now responded to give the idea a green light, in principle. This means that they are supportive of their intention.

They now have a few months to develop a detailed business case demonstrating how they can run the building and facilities as a financially viable and publicly beneficial enterprise.

After many months of working quietly in the background, building relationships and addressing some of the historical obstacles and difficulties, they are delighted. There is much hard work to do ahead.

Councillor Tim Malnick, who is a founding member of the new CIC said: “This is a result of a great deal of hard work by members of Friends of Horfield Common, the Toddlers group, the bowling club and others, as well as helpful support from key council officials. There is a real feeling of potential and shared vision now.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us and some exciting possibilities in terms of raising additional funding as a Community Company.

“Do watch this space and if you have skills to help us develop a more detailed business plan, please be in touch.”