Raglan residents have developed ideas for a new building, a permanent home for local activity and a modern community space for everyone. The aim of the project is to provide Raglan’s 2,000 people with much-needed local services through a flexible and attractive social hub.
Despite coordinating the Community Hub project since 2014, successfully securing Big Lottery Funding for the design and planning process, and achieving planning permission in 2017, our second Big Lottery bid needed to build the Community Hub facility lost out to other initiatives.
Our existing volunteers stepped down at our May AGM and no new volunteers came forward to replace them, so we are in need of community-minded people to drive the project forward. A new team is needed to take a fresh look at alternate funding sources or different ways of delivering community facilities in the area, following a setback in the project to build a Community Hub.
If a new committee can be found there may still be hope for the project. Monmouthshire County Council confirmed that the option to build a Community Hub on the village’s old junior school site would continue in place until July 2019. The Council is willing to support a new RVHA committee in exploring the available options, but time is running out.
If funding isn’t secured by July 2019 the proposed allocation of the old junior school site will not be transferred from Monmouthshire County Council to the community, leaving the village without the option to build on the central site.
If no new volunteers are found, sadly Raglan’s community facilities are at risk.