Village youth club demolition plan

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PREPARATIONS are being made to demolish a former youth club building in Sutton Bridge.

Plans for the work at the Methodist Youth Club off King Street have been drawn up after councillors failed to come up with a viable solution to keep the building open.

South Holland District Council has agreed that the trustees of the Methodist Church can surrender the 30-year lease for the property, subject to the demolition going ahead under an agreed specification.

In November, Lincolnshire County Council told the district council it was unable to enter a new lease for the youth club and continue the day-to-day operation because of “current finacial circumstances and budget cuts”.

The buildings were then left empty and were boarded up to prevent vandalism and unauthorised entry.

Coun Howard Johnson, the district’s portfolio holder for economic development, authorised the latest action last week.

He has also agreed to grant a licence agreement for the demolition contractor to use parts of the district council’s land during the demolition work at no cost.

Agreement is now being sought on the specification of the demolition work so the land is reinstated to the council’s requirements.

Sutton Bridge parish and district councillor Michael Booth was among those working to find a solution for the club.

He said: “I have thought about this long and hard. We have tried to get people to come in and run the youth club and to get some sort of money to bring it up to standard but that has not happened.

“There will be a facility for the young people in the new community centre. I would not have agreed in principle to the building being demolished if there was nothing for the youngsters.”

Coun Booth said he and his colleagues looked at “every option they could” to try and keep it open.