ASTRA reopen Carwood Centre
by Rob Smith
14th April marked the reopening of Carwood
Community centre after being closed for over eight years following
vandalism. Jean Wood, Chair of ASTRA (All Saints Tenants’
and Residents’ Association), was in attendance for this
occasion, which included food, drink, face painting, marble
games and balloons.
Carwood tenant Charles Noel, a resident since
1987, said “I’m glad it’s now reopened,
we need a centre for people to meet and discuss issues that
affect the Carwood community.”
The attendance of Councillors Jackie Drayton,
Ibrar Hussain and Steve Jones, Street Force, Area K Housing,
the Area Panel, Community Wardens, the Anti-social behaviour
team and other agencies showed the centre was open for business.
Dave Fisher, Carwood tenant, explained the progress
ASTRA have made, “We now have the structure to pull
in resources and this is the time for others to get involved
to pool ideas for positive activities and initiatives to benefit
us all here.”
“It is wonderful to see it open again
and knowing it will be used by local residents after years
of neglect,” said Councillor Drayton, “Along with
local residents, we have campaigned and received £5,000
from the Area Panel and money from the area housing department
to make this happen.”
Councillor Hussain also spoke of future plans
to hold surgeries at the centre “Not only for ourselves,
but the BNDfC Police team, Anti-social behaviour Team, Community
Wardens and Housing, on dates advertised and displayed around
the centre.” It is also envisaged that the centre will
hold classes and activities for all ages.
The Street Force team spoke of the work they’d
done around Carwood, including the control of fly tipping,
fixing fences for elderly people and litter picking. The team
all believe it’s a great idea that the Carwood Estate
now has its own centre.
To get involved with ASTRA contact Jean Wood
on 243 3775.