Locking Parklands Community Interest Company set up a sub-committee to move the project on - from an idea to a reality. The former St Andrew’s Chapel - to the Locking Parklands Community facility. The name of ‘The Radio Wing’ was chosen by residents to keep a connection to the former RAF Apprentices Training base.
Since Locking Parklands started to be built in 2011-2012 the growing Parklands Community have required a venue to host a variety of community activities - resident meetings, clubs, toddler group and social activities etc. All of which take place throughout the year.
Over two years in the making ready for the venue to facilitate community use, generate income from both individuals and commercial providers, plus the operation of a Pre-school. It is to be hoped that the venue will be in great demand and thus secure a safe future for the community to enjoy.
The former St Andrew’s Chapel has under-taken a huge renovation to bring it up to modern day standards to become ’The Radio Wing’. It is spacious, light and cheerful with an excellent and efficient central heating system. There is provision for car, motorcycle and cycle parking for the use of patrons. Newly installed knee-rail fencing and iron gates provide added security. The gates, as appropriate will be closed, but will be locked when there are no bookings and overnight. CCTV is in operation and signs are visible to indicate this.
We have been very fortunate to have successfully bid for funding to assist with aspects of the Project. Funding sources have been from:-
Locking Parish Council which enabled the purchase of essential cleaning equipment and a portable Public Address system on wheels, which will prove extremely useful at CIC Community Events.
LSTF contributed ‘match funding’ for the ‘Cycle Park’ and ‘Public Bicycle Pump’; a Bench and external weather-proof, lockable Notice Board. The latter will be installed as soon as practicably possible.
Knightstone Housing has contributed substantial funds to the ‘Outside Space’ Project at The Radio Wing. This includes hard and soft landscaping, which will facilitate a play area for young children, as well as all areas for CIC Community Social Events - including buying outside furniture [tables and chairs] and some external storage accommodation.
We are extremely grateful for the support and generosity of these
organisations and look forward to a continued collaborative working relationship.