Plans to transform a former GP surgery into a new centre for young people in Netherfield have taken a significant step forward.
Members of the Netherfield Forum, who are behind the scheme, announced last week that they had now taken ownership of the building on Forester Street.
The former medical centre has been empty for the last few months after GPs moved into a new state-of-the-art surgery building on Knight Street last summer.
The Netherfield Forum team now plan to use the building as a replacement for the town’s current youth centre, known as the Loco Centre, on Victoria Road, which they say is no longer meets requirements.
Alterations will now take place to the building and the Forum ‘hope to allow people through the door soon’.
Tina Simpson is the treasurer of the Netherfield Forum.
When the plan was announced last year, Mrs Simpson said: “We want a centre to fit the needs for children, young people, families and all our community which has utilities to suit the ever-changing needs of the times we live in. “
“The new centre would be situated adjacent to St George’s, Netherfield. It would offer all the clubs and activities currently at Loco, and also many more in the future.
“We have a vision and determination to make a difference for those who live in the area. Our children are our future: we want to inspire, give hope and show them what you can achieve with a ‘we can do it’ attitude. “
A spokesman for the project said: “Any help people can offer to help clear the outside and inside, come decorate, clean or donate then please contact us.”
You can email the Forum at [email protected]