New Topsham hub gets funding boost

PUBLISHED: 10:05 22 August 2017

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter with a cheque from the Investing in Devon fund to the Estuary League of Friends community hub.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter with a cheque from the Investing in Devon fund to the Estuary League of Friends community hub.

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A new community hub which is being built in Topsham has received a boost from a fund managed by Devon County Council.

Topsham-based charity the Estuary League of Friends is building the hub on the former site of Topsham Library.

Andrew Leadbetter, county councillor for Wearside and Topsham and trustee of the charity, championed an application, which was awarded £15,000, to the Investing in Devon fund.

The £2million hub will feature a café, a library run in partnership with Libraries Unlimited, an exercise room, treatment rooms, wet rooms, laundry, office, meeting room and a free-to-use cash machine when it opens next summer.

Charity chief executive Rachel Gilpin said: “We are delighted that Devon County Council has recognised the potential of this initiative and is investing in new infrastructure to safeguard our community’s health and wellbeing now and into the future.”

Cllr Leadbetter said: “I am delighted that Devon County Council is able to support this project which will benefit the whole community.”

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