New youth club planned for Warsop

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be ploughed into a project to transform a former engineering building in Warsop into a permanent new youth club.

A deal has been struck between Warsop Youth Club and the Eastwood Foundation to buy the engineering firm’s former premises off Church Street.

Concerns have been growing in recent months since the county council pulled funding for youth facilities, but with cash made available through the Big Warsop lottery-funded scheme, there are hopes that the facility can provide young people with a destination to keep them off the street.

A feasibility study on the site is currently being carried out but secretary for Warsop Youth Club, Halina Kochanowski, admits it will be a huge task, with work needed to bring the building up to standard.

She said: “We want to become a hub for the community, but it will take a lot of work to get it up and running.

“We will need to apply for a lot of fundraising, and volunteers. It’s not something that we will ready by next week or the coming months, but we want to do it as soon as we can.

“Everybody has been pushing for this.”

As well as youth facilities, there are hopes of opening a cafe on-site, and provide training facilities to help make it a sustainable venture.

The news of Warsop Youth Club’s plans have been welcomed by Mansfield District Council and Warsop councillor, Phil Shields, who said: “It’s a massive building on a great big plot of land.

“It’s taken four or so years to get this money (from Big Warsop) but it’s now in place to be drawn down. This will be another way of getting the youths off the street.

“It will help and give them something to do. There’s not much for the young to do in Warsop, so it’s a case of getting it up and operational.”

The results of the feasibility study will be released this Friday and give the group an idea of the task ahead.