Community to shape future of Gower Street Youth Club
Telford & Wrekin Council is set to consult with the local community in St Georges and local stakeholders over the refurbishment of the former Gower Street Youth Club.
The last full council meeting agreed the 2015/16 budget, which includes £650,000 to fund the refurbishment of the building for a range of community uses.
The former youth club building, which began life as a hospital for miners is owned by the Council, has been closed for many years and has been subject to repeated vandalism and is in a poor condition requiring complete refurbishment. The building, one of Telford’s original historic buildings, has recently received Grade II listed status.
The former youth club at Gower Street was saved from demolition early last year following intervention by ward councillors Richard Overton and John Minor and a community group who all want to ensure building’s future for the local community.
A range of uses has been considered and local residents and volunteers formed the Gower Heritage and Enterprise Group in April 2014.
The group is now well established and has become formally constituted as the Gower Heritage and Enterprise Group and has carried out a number of successful on-site clean-ups and consultation events.
A report on the planned approach to undertake refurbishment of the former Gower Street Youth Club will be considered by Telford & Wrekin’s Cabinet when it meets on Thursday 19 March.
Councillor Overton said: “We’re delighted to have the funding to allow for the refurbishment of this much-loved building.
“We have been working and will continue to work very closely with the local community, the Gower Heritage and Enterprise Group and local stakeholders to establish the best use for the building to ensure it has a sustainable future.
“Through this work and further consultation we will be able to bring the building back into community use and actively engage and consult the community about its potential use in the future.”
Money has also been allocated, under the Pride In Your Community programme, to provide much needed improvement works to the Square and the Timbers Roundabout in St Georges.