Community centre closes its doors in Mansfield

A Mansfield community centre which was home to a nursery and dance classes has closed after the charity which ran it collapsed.

Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 5:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 7:23 am

The Pleasley Y2K charity, which has run Pleasley Landmark Resource and Community Centre since 2002, said it struggled to fill vacant rooms at the centre on Chesterfield Road North.

And with its expenditure more than its income, the charity has taken the decision to close the centre.

Former trustee Terry Spencer said: “Since the departure of the Premier Care team to new premises, the Landmark has not been able to fill the void of rooms vacated by them.

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“As a result of this staff cutbacks were made and remaining staff working reduced hours, even job sharing but still the income was still less than expenditure.

“Numerous other avenues were tried to boast the revenue without success.”

He said trustees and staff “have no idea what will happen” to the Nottinghamshire County Council-owned building.

He said: “Nobody from the council came down to talk to us or answer our repeated emails and phone calls, so on further advice the trustees had to agree to the insolvency people to come in and take over control of the business.

“Once again a big thank you to all our customers and we hope you will be able to find further premises to continue your commitments.”

The council has since stepped in to ensure a pre-school nursery can continue to operate at the centre.

Councillor Kay Cutts, council leader, said the authority’s priority was to retain the Cherubs Day nursery service and said the council will work on a sustainable future plan for the building.

She said: “Unfortunately, the demise of the Pleasley Y2K charity does mean some of the activities held at the Landmark Centre will no longer be able to continue, which is a shame.

“The Cherubs Nursery provides an invaluable service to local families and we know they would have faced real hardship if it had to close suddenly.”

Susan Mills, Cherub Day Nurseries owner, said: “The staff and children from Cherubs play a big role in the community from visiting the local nursing home to helping out on the allotment, so everyone is thrilled we can continue as normal.”

for the foreseeable future.”