Work progressing on new Westcliff community hub
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Feb 2018
Work is progressing well on a new community hub in Westcliff.
The Arc is part of Ongo’s £9million regeneration project in Scunthorpe. The project will see 41 new homes, a large One Stop convenience store, pharmacy, three retail units and The Arc being built, which will completely transform the area.
Within The Arc will be a cafe, enterprise zone, preschool, training centre, youth zone and a number of rooms that will be available for hire.
The One Stop will open on March 29. There will also be a hair and beauty salon and a Co-op pharmacy at the hub. The latter will open on April 9.
The theme of the building is health and wellbeing.
Ongo is pleased to announce that a Post Office will be included within The Arc as part of the brand new Westcliff development.
This decision comes following discussions with Ongo bosses and The Post Office as to whether it would be a viable business decision to move the Post Office into the new community building. On February 14, following a presentation and interview with the Post Office applications team, it was confirmed that the Post Office will be moving into The Arc in spring 2018.
Work continues on The Arc
The three staff working in the current Post Office will move over to the new one when it opens.
As part of a £9million Ongo regeneration project, the Post Office will be open for business Monday to Saturday, and will offer the same services as the existing Post Office located in the Coop on the Precinct.
Jan Williams, head of community investment at Ongo, said: "It’s brilliant that we have been able to include a Post Office within the Westcliff regeneration project. We know this is a service that the tenants living in Westcliff really value within their community and it would be hugely missed if it had to close.
“The Post Office will be based in The Arc; a community space where everyone will be welcome. Along with the Post Office, it will have a pre-school, cafe, youth zone, enterprise area and private meeting rooms for the whole community to use. This is alongside the One Stop shop, Co-op Pharmacy and three other retail units. There will also be 41 new homes as part of the wider regeneration project."
James Main, chair of Ongo communities board, added: "This is great news that through the team we have been able to keep a valuable resource for the community and further enhance the services offered at The Arc. This is an exciting time for the area, and the Ongo Communities Board is committed to enhancing facilities and amenities across the North Lincolnshire area for our residents.
"We’re encouraging the community to get involved to help us develop an area that is both inviting and functional that residents want to use. The Post Office was certainly a key request from residents and we hope to see it well used by all."
At least three new jobs and many volunteering opportunities will be created in Westcliff when The Arc opens.
Work continues on The Arc
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The jobs will include working in The Arc’s cafe, cleaning and caretaking opportunities as well as other customer service focused roles. There will be a mixture of paid jobs and volunteering roles.
Jan Williams, head of community development, said: "We’re so excited that we will be able to offer job opportunities in such a modern, brilliant building. We hope that the number of jobs available will grow over time to give local people even more chance to get into employment.
"There will also be lots of ways to volunteer at The Arc too, which will be a good way to gain skills and experience to help get back into work. Whether you’re interested in customer service, admin, cleaning, cooking or waitressing; we’ll be able to help. We’re also hoping to be able to offer apprenticeships within different areas of The Arc, so watch this space."
The Arc has pledged to use only 100 per cent recyclable products in their cafe when it opens in May.
Based in Westcliff, it will be the first cafe in the area to make this promise to support using recyclable goods in support of a national #PassOnPlastic campaign to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill each year.
In plans made for the cafe, it will have 100 per cent recyclable takeaway coffee cups, bags and food containers. To reduce the number of plastic bottles being sold, they will also have a water fountain to encourage people to refill their bottles.
Jan Williams, head of community development, said: "The environment and supporting our planet is such a huge issue on the national and international agenda at the moment, so it is brilliant we’re able to do our bit to support it.
Work continues on The Arc
"We will be looking at other ways we can support the environment once The Arc is open, including selling branded eco friendly merchandise such as reusable water bottles and shopping bags."
This isn't the first green initiative for Ongo however. Their Choose to Reuse second hand furniture store has prevented 208 tonnes of old furniture from going to landfill since opening in 2013. Ongo's new HQ will also be energy efficient, with solar panels fitted on the roof which will generate some of the power to run the building. It will also have ground/air source to supplement the gas boilers and will use LED lighting.