Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Westgate Community Centre Survey

I was at last night's public meeting of the Westgate Community Centre, with KCC councillor Robert Burgess, where the future of the building was discussed and you can find this and other local news stories in your local virtual paper here.

Westgate Community Centre
Clearly, at the very least, it needs urgent renovation and ideally a totally new building. In the present financial climate, the latter may be over-optimistic but certainly and with help from the local community and local business, I'm sure that some kind of renovation is a possibility.

What we need to understand first is how the public are using it and what they want from it? It's already used for a broad range of activities from pre-school classes to adult yoga but if the committee are going to search for sponsors and approach the likes of Thanet Council to seek support, then they need a proper business plan for the future.

I offered to put-up a short survey from the one distributed last night and if you live in Westgate, I would be grateful if you could complete it to help build a better picture of how the centre is perceived and used locally.

If you are able to offer help, please either send me an email or visit the centre's Facebook page.

WCC free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, Community Centre Survey.

Today's edition of your local online paper can be found here.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't live in Westgate, but my daughter at Ursuline has been to the community centre on occasions. Such is an asset to any town, but after the Broadstairs saga, don't hold your breath on a new build.

I'm not John Worrow said...

I've lived this side of the Canterbury Road for nearly 4 decades now, and passed that building hundreds of times walking, cycling and by car. I never knew or attempted to find out what it was.

I've kind of always viewed the Westgate Library as more of a community centre. It has books, dvd's, computers with internet access, computer buddies/help, baby bounce and rhyme, knitting club, hot drinks machine, photocopying etc etc. The PCSO's, MP Roger Gale, Cllr Tom King go there aswell.

1 o'clock Rob said...

I've used the centre a few times and more importantly both my daughters went to the playschool located there.

A new building with more facilities for local kids would be amazing but unlikely given the current financial situation, unless some millionaire fancies a tax deduction.

Refurbished would suffice as long as it is done properly and it is fit for purpose.

Would love to see this taken on as some form of community project maybe with the help of a recently renamed local College?

I'm not John Worrow said...

Thats a good idea Rob, I like that ;)

The College has been involved in other projects dotted around Thanet. The one what springs to mind is the old bath house down in Margate. It's now the East Kent ITeC building, but all the photo's of the college involvement in the renovation work are downstairs on display.

Anonymous said...

Not keen on your virtual local paper page, preferred it when you had a blog list down the side of this page. How about a poll to see what readers prefer ?

Simon Moores said...

I do have a blog list down the side column of the main page?!

Tom Clarke said...

Actually, Simon, I have not got the blog list, or anything else for that matter, down the side of your postings anymore. Could this be a case of the missing sidebar?

Anonymous said...

Re. blog list, found it now but on my screen it's at the bootom under the post not the side !!
Sorry.

I'm not John Worrow said...

Er, sorry Simon, no you dont.
Your side column has actually been at the bottom of your main page for about a week now.

Simon Moores said...

No idea why you are having a problem as I haven't changed the column format.. anyone else lost the sidebar?

I'm not John Worrow said...

One of your postings is to wide, and it's pushed the sidebar down the bottom. Once the posting gets pushed around to page2/older posts, it should return back to normal.

Simon Moores said...

Which one please and I will edit it. It's not happening on any of my PCs

I'm not John Worrow said...

I cant be certain, so the only way to find out which one is causing the problem is by process of elimation.

As a rough stab in the dark (guessing) its the post Westgate Heritage Centre Re-Launch. The words are all broken up into single charactors where it's squashed between the picture Westgate Exhibit and Westgate 1898.

Simon Moores said...

Any better now I've edited it?

I'm not John Worrow said...

Sorry, no change.

Cant see anything obvious when comparing the source code from the mainpage and page2. All the video's are the same width of 520pixels.

Probably something obvious like different font or changed alignment on image, I just cant see it atm :(

Michael Child said...

Simon the problem is related to which browser you use and while you blog looks OK in chrome it is at its worst in Internet Explorer.

There are differences in the way the different browsers handle the language html with some adding breaks after images automatically and some not.

I think, although am not sure this is either to do with the background image or the survey, effecting the blog with when viewed in some browsers.

Simon Moores said...

Through process of elimination, it was the story "On teh Buses" which I have taken off. Why it was altering the format I can't say as it all looked OK but hopefull everyone is back to normal and thanks for letting me know!

I'm not John Worrow said...

Hooray! all fixed now ;)

Anonymous said...

Fixed for me too (original poster of the problem). many thanks for fixing it, I shall bookmark and use this as my entry page to Thanet blogs now. (used to be Tony Flaig's page but had enough of his rants !!)