From club to hub
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