WREN has awarded £60,000 to York House Centre.
The grant, from the Landfill Communities Fund, is to redevelop and improve the rear of York House, the Centre’s grade 2 listed building in Stony Stratford. Over 30 community groups, about 4,000 people, regularly use the youth, community and arts centre on London Road. The project will provide a new ground floor meeting and activity room; a new kitchen; extra storage; plus various improvements to the grounds and parking.
Building works are due to start in August and work should be finished in Spring 2013. Barratt Homes also gave £116,000 of planning gain to the project; the town council are to provide the money needed to release the WREN grant; and the remaining money is being sought from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
This latest project is part of the Centre’s successful and ongoing regeneration. This has included major structural repairs; better access and a toilet for people with disabilities; a new entrance; community gardens; and the redecoration and refurbishment of the building’s interior. All of which have helped York House become a major community asset.