New centre for town’s youth

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Young people in Crowland are on the road to having a new meeting room thanks to some innovative recycling.

Finishing touches are being made to a building in Snowdon Playing Fields that is being turned into a youth centre from three portable cabins.

MAJOR RECYCLING: Parish councillor David Ringham in Crowland's new youth centre in Snowdon Playing Fields that was made out of portable cabins.

MAJOR RECYCLING: Parish councillor David Ringham in Crowland's new youth centre in Snowdon Playing Fields that was made out of portable cabins.

Contractors had used the portable cabins while building the Crowland bypass but they were left when the work was complete.

Parish councillor David Ringham said: “We managed to negotiate a deal with the contractors because of how much it would have cost to move them.

“The three portable cabins have been joined to make one big building with a sink and lighting and heating.

“We’ve just had it carpeted and are having toilets installed outside. It’s about three weeks from completion so we are very excited about it.”

The parish council assisted in getting the portable cabins moved to the playing fields and the conversion and is now looking for other funding to buy new equipment.

Crowland Youth Club has about 25 members, aged eight to 13, with other teenagers going along to help the volunteers who run it.

Members meet on Monday evenings, currently in the pavilion which is also on the playing field.

Mr Ringham said: “We want to look at expanding it and this will be made possible now we have a room dedicated to it.

”Because the playing fields have such a big car park, the building will also be ideal for other groups and activities.

“We’ve also agreed that the bowling club can use the toilets, which will also help them.”

The club has pool and table tennis tables and games machines but would welcome more equipment. Anyone who can help can email crow lander@hotmail.co.uk