South Leighton’s long-awaited community centre isn’t far away from tying up the loose ends and, as it turns out, tying the knot if all goes to plan.
The £1.5million joint venture between Leighton-Linslade Town Council and Central Beds Council will see Astral Park work come to an end in December and open its doors in January 2014.
And consultants have suggested the building in the Sandhills/Billington Park area will be used as a wedding venue if they are successfully registered. On Wednesday, town council staff were given the chance to have a sneaky look at the progress of the development with Steve Tingey, clerk of works at Central Beds Council, who took officers on a tour round the site.
Steve, who lives in Leighton Buzzard, said: “It is fantastic for the local community to have a facility like this; it will be clean, tidy and well looked after. People in Leighton have never had anything like this before so I am really looking forward to it.”
Vivienne Cannon, a consultant for town council, said: “I hope the public are feeling excited but I should think that there has been general frustration along the way as well.
“The tour was particularly good because the team at Leighton-Linslade Town Council who have been doing all the background work and getting the policies ready, it’s their first time seeing it. So I have enjoyed watching them form their understanding of the space and start thinking through what is needed because the management of this project is going to be important for the local community; to know it is being managed well and also because it needs to start earning its crust.
“We are hoping to get it registered as a wedding venue. We have to go through the process, I can’t promise that it will be agreed, but we think it is going to be a quality venue that people want to come to.”