A CENTRE in Ore that faced closure has been handed over to a new community group.
Earlier this year, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) announced it was planning to sell off Ore Community Centre in Old London Road because it was deemed surplus to requirements.
But an army of trustees decided to step in and take over the running of the building and this week the county council agreed to transfer the Ore Community Centre’s freehold to Ore Community Association (OCA).
A contribution of £20,000 towards ongoing maintenance costs has also been agreed by the authority.
The decision was made by Councillor Keith Glazier, ESCC’s deputy leader and lead member for community and resources.
He said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to reach this decision which will provide a real tonic for everyone involved with the centre and the local community as a whole.
“After talking with the local county councillor it was clear that the potential closure of the centre would have had an adverse impact on the community.
“The building is well-managed and extensively used by local people. I hope that our decision will help to provide a sound platform for the centre to remain open for the community for many years to come.”
Councillor Terry Fawthrop, who represents Ore on the county council, said: “I am really pleased that Cllr Glazier has made the decision to transfer the Ore Centre.
“When I first heard it was going to be sold I decided to do everything I could to stop this happening.
“ This outcome is what I wanted for the dedicated people who work in the centre to make it a thriving community hub, in particular the manager, Mags Pawson.
“I am sure they will now go from strength to strength.”