‘Awful’ decision to sell off Aylesbury community centre slammed by councillor

Cllr Raj Khan at the community centre
Cllr Raj Khan at the community centre
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Closing an Elmhurst community centre would be a ‘slap in the face’ of residents, a councillor has said.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell the centre because not enough people use it and the running costs are too high.

But Councillor Raj Khan, who represents the area, says the Fairfax Crescent facility is a vital part of the community.

Liberal Democrat Mr Khan said: “I will be horrified if that centre closes. It would be an awful thing to do. We shouldn’t deprive people from using it, even if they do not use it all the time. We are going to kill off communities in the town if we start doing things like this. It’s a slap in the face for the community.”

The hall, opened in 1972, hosts a variety of activities including exercise, table tennis and religious events.

The council’s leisure services manager said the move is part of a review in the wake of ‘tough government budget cuts’.

Lesley Davies said: “This facility could be transferred to another organisation through a leasing arrangement or a freehold sale. Alternatively, the site may be used for other development purposes. Furthermore, members agreed that the proceeds secured from any disposal should be used to improve the remaining community centres in the council’s ownership.”

A consultation is being planned about the use of other community centres.