Work is underway on a £2 million community hub in Aveley.
Thurrock Council has worked in partnership with Aveley Village Community Forum and Thurrock Community & Voluntary Services on plans for a modern community centre to be built at Aveley Recreation Ground.
Once complete, the hub will house the village's library, which will relocate from its current location in Purfleet Road, as well as a cafe, nursery, hall, office space and community meeting rooms.
The building will also have fully accessible Changing Places toilets and facilities to support people with disabilities in learning independent living skills.
The project officially got underway today (22 October) with a groundbreaking ceremony, coinciding with a family fun day at Aveley Recreation Ground.
Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "This project has been a long time in coming and I am delighted to see the first digger on site, marking the start of construction.
"We have been working very closely with Aveley Village Community Forum to ensure the new hub meets the needs of the local community and I am sure this new building will be a huge asset to the area."
The new building is being constructed by locally-based Beardwell Construction. The major work is due to start on site in mid-November and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
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