Community centre on its way back to the people of Horbury ?

Community group who are trying to save Horbury Community Centre. (W535A330)
Community group who are trying to save Horbury Community Centre. (W535A330)
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Horbury Community Centre could be expanded under plans for a community group to take over the building.

Wakefield Council bosses will discuss an application from Horbury Community Centre Group to take ownership of the building, which has been under-used since council staff moved out in 2012.

Community group who are trying to save Horbury Community Centre. Christine Cudworth, Jackie Wilkinson, Tom Long, Rachel Atkins, Catherine Clarke, Richard Knowls, Julie Yarrow and Lucas Smith. (W535B330)

Community group who are trying to save Horbury Community Centre. Christine Cudworth, Jackie Wilkinson, Tom Long, Rachel Atkins, Catherine Clarke, Richard Knowls, Julie Yarrow and Lucas Smith. (W535B330)

The group, which could run the Cluntergate building for 30 years under a community asset transfer, plans to offer play groups, an after-school club, complimentary therapies, gardening and music at the centre.

Cinema evenings are also planned at the centre, which was previously home to the council’s licencing office.

The proposal is recommended for approval at the council’s cabinet meeting on June 17.

A report to the meeting said two new rooms would be created on the ground floor and first floor offices would be offered to small businesses as part of the plan.

Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for corporate performance, said: “The group proposes to use the premises for the centre’s existing user groups and to further develop the sustainability of local voluntary and community groups, providing a fantastic service to local people.”

The cabinet report said the building would fetch around £100,000 if the council sold it.

But it added: “This option is not recommended at this stage.”

Horbury Community Centre Group, formed last year and has submitted a business plan to Wakefield Council.

Chairwoman Julie Yarrow said: “Quite a few groups already use the centre, but the opportunity lies in opening up the rooms previously occupied by the council.”

“We already have a lot of ideas for broadening the use of the centre, but we are still open to suggestions from members of the public.

Miss Yarrow said members of group would be at Horbury Show, in Carr Lodge Park on June 29, to speak to people about ideas for the centre.