Youth club one step closer to reality
TEENAGERS had good reason to celebrate as they passed an important milestone on the way to a new Dursley youth club.
The Dursley Youth Centre Working Group is delighted that planning permission has been granted to allow conversion of the ground floor of the parsonage at Dursley Tabernacle.
The consent will also enable the church to make improvements to the community hall on the first floor, deputy town mayor Councillor Clare Nelmes said.
Mrs Nelmes said: “Dursley Town Council is really pleased to have reached this important milestone.
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“Young people here have had a long wait for a new youth centre – now the plans and project can finally move forward and become a reality.”
Detailed plans for the conversion will now be drawn up and the £200,000 project will go out to tender so building work can start as soon as possible.
The old Dursley Youth Club was sold five years ago to make way for the town’s supermarket development.
Store giant Sainsbury’s contributed £107,000 to the replacement youth club under a section 106 agreement, while Gloucestershire police and crime commissioner Martin Surl added £10,000 to the fund.
The rest will be found by Dursley Town Council from grants and its reserves.
Dursley Tabernacle minister Simon Helme said: “We are grateful for the planning department’s consent.
“They recognised the community benefit that will result and also how this listed building will be opened up and appreciated by the wider public.”
Mr Helme said with everyone’s co-operation, “the dream of a new youth centre and community resource for Dursley is a step closer today.”