Latton Bush Centre’s £830,000 budget win heralded by ward councillor

Business / Fri 23rd Feb 2024 at 08:37am

STAPLE Tye ward’s Conservative Councillor Alastair Gunn has expressed his delight after securing a £830,000 investment in the area’s Latton Bush Centre.

The bumper deal to improve the Centre was approved at last night’s (Thursday 22 February) Harlow Council meeting as part of the budget for the next three years. 

The Latton Bush Centre, formerly the site of the Latton Bush Comprehensive School, is managed by Harlow Council and plays host to a range of businesses and NHS services, alongside as a number of voluntary and community organisations. 

It was recently featured on the BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build, when the programme covered mental health support group Butterfly Effect Wellbeing renovating and moving into the site’s previously derelict caretaker’s bungalow.

Harlow Council’s budget outlined an £830,000 investment for the Latton Bush Centre to help it better support small and medium sized local companies, charities and community organisations.

The funding will support fire safety works, improvements to the lifts, stairs and toilet facilities, and several enhancements to the site’s environmental impact through new LED lighting and more solar panels, adding to those installed in 2022.

It comes just a few weeks after a significant £400,000 upgrade to the Centre boiler systems was signed off that will improve its energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. 

Cllr Alastair Gunn said, “The Latton Bush Centre is such an important asset for Harlow, and it’s brilliant to see the Council investing in it so heavily.” 

“There’s several great businesses based there and much loved community groups too, from the longstanding Brenda Taylor Dance School to the Butterfly Effect who recently moved in. They will all benefit from this major boost to the site.

“The budget delivers on many of the things I was elected by Staple Tye residents to deliver from improvements to our existing housing stock, more Harlow homes for Harlow families, to lower council tax. I was pleased to back it.” 

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1 Comment for Latton Bush Centre’s £830,000 budget win heralded by ward councillor:

2024-02-25 00:29:12

Let's hope there's money in the pot for the heating to be left on after 10 am and windows that close properly without the freezing bwind blowing in! Be nice to work without wearing a coat!

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