MONTE joined the Mayor of Blackburn, Cllr Hussain Akhtar, to open the £4million Shadsworth Community Hub and Enterprise Centre.
The community centre previously located on the site has been demolished to make way for the new Hub, which houses five shops on the ground floor with community facilities above.
The activities planned for the community facility include breakfast clubs, a dad’s club, activities for toddlers and teenagers, learning sessions, fitness classes, public meetings etc.
The facility also boasts a community learning kitchen and it is hoped to work with training providers to deliver courses on healthy eating and cooking on a budget.
The second phase of the development is also underway, with 20 new homes for affordable rent being built on Rothesay Road, Ayr Road and Ballantrae Road, which are expected to be ready in early 2017.