Lyde Green is a new development in South Gloucestershire, built next to the existing village of Emersons Green. The development, 2400 homes and a science park, then called Emersons Green East, was identified in the 2006 South Gloucestershire Core Strategy. (4)
Lyde Green Community Centre opened in September 2018. It includes a hall, meeting rooms, a treatment room and a café. It is run by a local community organisation, the Lyde Green Community Association.
Lyde Green Community Centre is the first newly built community centre on a major housing development in 15 years in South Gloucestershire. When the Section 106 agreement was agreed, over 10 years ago, the council had a team that ran community centres. However since then the council has made a decision to pass management of community centres to other groups. The council therefore had no in-house expertise to develop and work out a management strategy for the Community Centre when detailed planning and construction started. One officer commented: “this has been a real challenge, we’ve had to develop an internal working group to take forward making it happen”.
The Lyde Green Community Association began life as a small group of residents who wanted to organise a Christmas get-together to generate a sense of community in a new area. In 2017 they became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and now have a number of active volunteers and over 100 members.
The Community Centre is run by a part time Community Development and Centre Manager, working three days a week on a two-year contract. This post was appointed in November 2017, almost a year before the centre opened. Two part-time Centre Assistants also started work in Autumn 2018. Occupancy rates for the rooms are higher in the first three months than anticipated, regular activities include pilates, zumba, martial arts, children’s football, walking netball, JumpFit and Boogie Bounce. There are a range of groups and activities for parents and young children, plus a number of activities for adults including guitar lessons, mediation, women’s empowerment, wheelchair dancers, and music workshops. Local groups use the space to meet.