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Work begins on new community Radio Station

Work begins on Radio Peterborough's new homePeterborough's largest contractor of social housing maintenance, Mears has today started work on a new community radio station in the Herlington Centre, Orton Malborne.Mears is transforming a derelict shop into a new facility for Cross Keys Homes to help benefit the local community.Steve Howell, Partnership Manager from Mears said;Cross Keys Homes set Mears the challenge of creating a space which could house a community radio station room. Mears are committed to supporting the communities where we work which is why we have got involved and have donated staff time and materials."Travis Perkins kindly donated the plaster board, we have managed to recycle old Insulation board so that the rooms are sound proof and staff from Sovereign Installations has also donated their time to build the framework."Local Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald who has been overseeing the project and will be setting up the radio station said:"I am really pleased that we have now been able to get things moving again with the Radio Peterborough project as a lot of people it seems are missing us.""It was unfortunate that we lost our last studio location in early 2011 which resulted in our absence for the last year or so whilst we found a new home.""At this time I would like to thank Mears and their contractors for helping to fit out our new studios at the Herlington Centre and our thanks must also go to Cross Keys Homes who are providing a lot of the much needed funds to help sustain and take this new community radio project forward."Cross Keys Homes' Director of Operations, Claire Higgins, added:"This has the potential to be a really great project which will benefit the whole community and in particular local residents wishing to learn the craft of broadcasting.""It's great news that Mears, the city council neighbourhood team under the direction of neighbourhood manager Lisa Emmanuel and Cross Keys Homes are working together on such an exciting new venture and I am really looking forward to all the plans becoming a reality."It is hoped that the new facility will be open by the end of February.


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