Decision details

Future of Community Resource Centres/Outreach service

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Renewal, Recreation and Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To review a range of options for the delivery of the services currently provided at Cotmandene Community Resource Centres and Mottingham Community Learning Shop


That this valuable community service be retained.


That the following work be undertaken by Officers after which a decision report be presented to the Council’s Executive in Spring 2023:


·  Research on potential options for the relocation of the service within the St Paul’s Cray and Mottingham areas;

·  Research on the user patterns in the two communities;

·  Soundings from users and non-users; and,

·  Investigation of the costs of moving to other buildings.

Reasons for the decision:

The Local Authority’s Community Resource Centres comprise the Cotmandene Community Resource Centre and Mottingham Community and Learning Shop.  Based in areas of high levels of unemployment and social deprivation, these centres offer a unique triage service where customers can seek advice and guidance on any issue, providing a much-valued community service and reducing escalation to other Local Authority services. 


The two buildings these services are located in are no longer fit for purpose due to ongoing maintenance issues, including flooding, and as the current lease for the Mottingham site is set to expire in February 2023.  It is therefore proposed to relocate the two Centres to alternate locations within the St Paul’s Cray and Mottingham communities.

Publication date: 17/11/2022

Date of decision: 17/11/2022

Effective from: 25/11/2022

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