From club to hub

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A MIL­LION pound grant has been se­cured to trans­form a derelict so­cial club into a com­mu­nity hub.

Work could begin as early as Oc­to­ber on Grange­town United So­cial Club, cur­rently a van­dalised shell.

More than £1m will be spent re­vamp­ing the club to cre­ate a ver­sa­tile com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The Fu­ture Re­gen­er­a­tion of Grange­town group (FROG), led by Grange­town ward coun­cil­lor Lynn Pal­lis­ter, is over­see­ing the project.

And the re-formed club could be open as early as April 2018.

Lynn said: “The fund­ing has all been agreed.

“Now we are in the process of buy­ing the build­ing.

“It’s the best thing that can hap­pen for the area. It’s go­ing to trans­form it.”

The club was once a busy meet­ing place for steel­work­ers liv­ing in Grange­town.

But in re­cent years it has fallen into dis­re­pair and been an at­trac­tion for van­dals.

It sits on Der­went­wa­ter Road, di­rectly be­hind a row of shops that are due to be de­mol­ished.

Two of the eight units are oc­cu­pied by busi­nesses - a newsagent and a take­away.

For Lynn, who has been a Red­car and Cleve­land coun­cil­lor since 1999, the project has been part of a three-year­long bat­tle to bring pos­i­tiv­ity to her ward.

The site of the Grange­town United So­cial Club

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