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The first completely new community centre in Redbridge for “more than 20 years” has opened its doors.

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The centre, in Green Lane, is being run by Goodmayes Residents’ Association (GRASS) for local societies, groups and clubs to use.

Residents, councillors, police and representatives from nearby Al-Noor Primary School celebrated at the official opening today.

GRASS chairman Keith Stanbury said the centre had been a “labour of love” for the association for two years.

He added: “At long last we have a community centre where local groups can meet and we can look after not only the elderly, but a whole range of interests.”

Cllr Felicity Banks, the Mayor of Redbridge, unveiled a plaque at the opening ceremony.

She said: “It’s wonderful to see a new community centre opening up and I wish it all the best for the future.”

Goodmayes Community Centre was built with funding from Swan Housing and Redbridge Council.

The building, which is wheelchair friendly, will include a community hall, fully fitted kitchen, toilets and storage space for regular users.

GRASS is keen to hear from any community groups who might want to use the building.

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