Ap­proval for youth club’s new home


AYOUTH club which has been the vic­tim of a plan­ning row for more than eight years has fi­nally found a new home.

Prest­bury Youth Club was forced out of its premises at Ford House in 2008 when the 19th cen­tury build­ing was de­clared un­fit on health and safety grounds.

And while the own­ers, the Parochial Church Coun­cil (PCC), wanted to sell the prop­erty to de­vel­op­ers, res­i­dents formed the Save Ford House Group and cam­paigned to keep the site as a com­mu­nity space, re­sult­ing in an eight year bat­tle over the fu­ture of the site.

Plans to de­mol­ish the iconic build­ing and re­place it with a block of six apart­ments were fi­nally ap­proved in De­cem­ber last year and a deal was struck to give the youth club £35,000 to­wards a new youth fa­cil­ity.

And now the youth group, which has been tem­po­rar­ily based at the vil­lage hall, has had its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new site at Bollin Grove ap­proved.

April Green, chair of Prest­bury Youth Club, said: “Home­less for the last eight years we have been in dis­cus­sions with St Peters Church (PCC) with re­gards com­pen­sa­tion for the loss of our build­ing and are happy to con­firm in De­cem­ber 2014 we reached a set­tle­ment of £35k to­wards a new youth fa­cil­ity.

“The YC wish is to cre­ate a place where the chil­dren can feel free to ex­press them­selves in a space they have helped de­velop and fundraise.

“The build­ing will pro­vide not only the ameni­ties for the two groups men­tioned but also the space and op­por­tu­nity for other youth groups within the vil­lage.

“We would also like to ex­pand the use of the build­ing to in­cor­po­rate train­ing for a girls’ football team, grass roots coach­ing, ju­nior multi sports, and a drama club.”

The space will also be shared with the AFC Prest­bury U15 football team, which will use the pitch at Bollin Grove.

Si­mon Barker, chair of AFC Prest­bury, said: “The boys and par­ents are very ex­cited to be able to share use of the build­ing and have a club­house they can call their own. It has made us feel very much part of the com­mu­nity and it will not only be of ben­e­fit to us but to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in the vil­lage.”

The chil­dren and or­gan­is­ers are now run­ning com­mu­nity events to raise £125,000 needed to build their dream premise.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to prest­bury­outh­club. com or call 01625 820467.

●● Above: The new HQ will be at the for­mer Scout Hut at Bollin Grove, right: Its for­mer home at Ford House

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