Eastwood community pull together to construct and decorate town building

Councillors Bob Charlesworth and Dave Townes with the miners' window feature which will be featured in the new Eastwood Town Council building.
Councillors Bob Charlesworth and Dave Townes with the miners' window feature which will be featured in the new Eastwood Town Council building.

Members of the Eastwood community have come together to help plan, construct and decorate a new town centre council building – saving the town thousands of pounds.

Eastwood Town Council members and residents have volunteered more than 2,000 hours-worth of work to help put together the new community building behind the Post Office on Nottingham Road.

Workmen inside the new Eastwood town Council building, which volunteers from the community and councillors have helped to construct and decorate.

Workmen inside the new Eastwood town Council building, which volunteers from the community and councillors have helped to construct and decorate.

The building, labelled as a “community centre”, will have a main council meeting room, a register office, offices and rooms for other organisations.

Councillors Bob Charlesworth and Dave Townes have been working together in their own time since May last year by installing insulation, completing electrical works and decorating.

Their work has saved the project about£60,000 so far.

Coun Charlesworth, town council Liberal Democrat leader and member for Eastwood Hall, is a former electrician who has put in more than 1,000 hours of voluntary work by drawing up the plans, getting planning permission and helping with the actual construction.

Coun Townes, deputy Liberal Democrat leader on the authority and member for Eastwood St Mary’s, is a retired engineer who has lived in the town for more than 15 years.

He said: “I feel proud to be able to put something back into Eastwood – it’s my way of saying thank you to the town.”

He also took part in a “paint party” at the building with the mayor, councillors and Eastwood residents, to decorate the new centre.

Coun Townes said: “I will feel lost when it’s all finished.”

The rest of the work is being carried out by tradesmen from the area, such as electricians and plasterers.

Coun Keith Longdon, town mayor, feels proud of the work everybody has pulled together to do, and says the building is going to be “tremendous”.

He said: “I can’t wait for it to be finished, because Eastwood will have somewhere to be proud of.”

The new disabled-friendly building, which will be moving from Hilltop, is due to be finished by May.

And the volunteers are keen to make sure the building will brighten up the town, by bringing the multi-coloured miners’ glass feature from the old offices to display in the front window.

The council chamber will also have new screens and microphones so people can hear better during meetings.

There will be more opportunities for people to volunteer and help with the new building before it opens.

For more details, contact councillors via www.eastwood-town-council.org.uk