New Wybourn Village Centre to be named in honour of much loved councillor

Plans are underway to pay tribute to local councillor Pat Midgley, who sadly passed away in March last year, by naming a new community centre in Sheffield in her honour.

By Kev Rogers
Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:17 am
Pat Midgely
Pat Midgely

The £2.5 million centre on Manor Oaks Road, Wybourn is being built by Great Places Housing Group and it is hoped that it will become a fitting tribute to the local councillor, providing a community hub for residents in the neighbourhood.

The new development is located at the heart of Wybourn near the Children’s centre and Wybourn Community Primary School.

It will host a community café and space for a range of community groups, events, education courses and other engagement activities.

Raymond Kinsella, Head of Neighbourhoods for the Yorkshire region at Great Places, said: “We’re determined that the new centre, which will commemorate the years of service Councillor Pat Midgley gave to Wybourn, will be a community owned and run asset. It will put community members at the heart of any future actions with the support of Great Places and other local partners.

“We’re delighted that work on this landmark project is progressing well . With 1,200 properties in the area, Great Places has a significant presence in Wybourn.

The past five years has seen us undertake significant development in the neighbourhood, including an additional 200 new homes. The Village Centre is the last phase in this project and is an important part of our continued commitment to our customers and the wider neighbourhood,

"The community’s input and influence can be witnessed with community members input playing a significant part in development’s design.

"We also intend to create a piece of art as part of the new development which Wybourn residents will contribute to and will establish a visual reminder that this centre is the Wybourn community.”

The new centre will comprise of two low rise blocks containing a mixture of 12 apartments and ground floor community centre.

It will replace the temporary community hub, The Corner House, which is also owned by Great Places and managed by a steering group comprising local community members. Work on the project is due to be completed by next Spring.