Ocean Road
Harmeet Sing (far left) Liz Stephenson (back) and Phil Dean (right) with the service users of Ocean Road Community Centre.
Rebecca Wayman

PG Legal boosts the future of North East community centre

One of South Tyneside’s original community centres has been given a new lease of life with the assistance of a regional law firm.

Ocean Road Community Centre provides community activities including sports, health and fitness, social events and the Connexions jobs and education service to over 1,000 people of all ages and abilities per week.

The centre has now signed a lease with assistance from North East commercial property law specialist’s PG Legal, which secures its stay and support for locals.

The centre opened in 1970 and has since moved location and extended its building to accommodate the demand for its services.

Liz Stephenson, from South Shields, has been centre manager since 2006. She said: “We are delighted to have secured a new lease to ensure that the centre is able to provide the much-loved services to the people of South Tyneside for the foreseeable future.

The terms were all arranged to suit our specific needs, which has enabled us to continue operating. Harmeet, from PG Legal, guided us step-by-step through the process which we couldn’t have done without his support.“

Following government cuts in 2013, the community centre was forced to become self- sustainable, which it has achieved thanks to the support of the local community and its service users.

Phil Dean, director at PG Legal, concluded that “Ocean Road Community Centre provides fantastic services which truly support the local community.

“We look forward to continuing our great relationship with Liz and the team so they are able to provide the very best opportunities for the people of South Tyneside.”

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