On May 20th 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE along with Damian Green MP for Ashford and Mr Johnson Director for Moat Housing official opened the new 1.1 millionGBP Stanhope community centre.
They opened the Stanhope Library by cutting a ribbon and cake. He was a speaker at the ceremony and part of a team who officially opened the centre. The new building is part of an ongoing 150 millionGBP regeneration of Stanhope and the project so far has taken four years and the contract covers 30 years. The centre now consists of a library, neighbourhood office and a meeting room for residents.
The opening was attended by local residents, community wardens, police officers and other local dignitaries.