Carpenter Centre community interest survey

Lawley and Overdale Parish Council is seeking your views on the future use of the Carpenter Centre, in Overdale. If you have some spare time, we would appreciate it if you could fill in our survey.

What’s the issue?

The Carpenter Centre is named after local resident Betty Carpenter, who, along with other family members and residents in the area, raised money to build a community building in the area, as no such facilities existed there at the time.

In 2012, Lawley and Overdale Parish Council (LOPC) was given notice to vacate the Carpenter Centre by Telford & Wrekin Council, to make room for The Linden Centre. The Linden Centre is a specialist primary setting for up to 16 children with social & emotional needs.

By 2013, LOPC had moved into its current office at Leonard Smith House, West Centre Way, in Lawley.

While existing community groups were allowed to continue to use the centre for a time, eventually these were stopped, and the Carpenter Centre was taken over by its main user, The Linden Centre.

Particularly considering the history of the building and how it was initially funded, the Parish Council feels it is important that the local community is able to use the Carpenter Centre once again.

What’s been happening?

We have raised this issue a number of times. In 2013, 2015, and most recently we raised the Carpenter Centre community use issue in 2018.

The Parish Council has also met with representatives of Telford & Wrekin Council and the responsible Ward Councillors a number of times.

We are now pushing for the Carpenter Centre to be reopened for community use once more.

How can you help?

We need to hear your views!

What did you used to use the community centre for? Would you use the community centre again, and if so what would you like to see there?

The easiest way to share your views is to complete the survey below. With the information we gather from this survey, we can better represent your views and interests, and make a stronger case for getting the Carpenter Centre reopened for community use.

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