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Princes Risborough Day Care Centre handed over to community

Princes Risborough Day Care Centre
Image caption Buckinghamshire County Council agreed a social enterprise initiative to run the day centre

A council run Buckinghamshire day centre has become the first of its kind in the county to be run by volunteers.

The Princes Risborough Day Care Centre was officially handed over to a body of community groups on Friday and renamed The Princes Centre.

It follows a campaign to keep the centre open when Buckinghamshire County Council decided to close it down.

It provides day care services for the elderly, clients with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

'Community spirit'

In March 2011, the council decided to replace most of its 22 day centres with six facilities in Buckingham, Burnham, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield and Amersham or Chesham.

Campaigners in Risborough set up a "community interest company" with the intention of taking ownership of the building and running it for the community.

Council Leader Martin Tett said: "There is a fantastic community spirit in Princes Risborough, and it is because of their eagerness to run with new ideas that we've been able to work together towards this successful outcome."

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