150k plans for centre

21st March 2012. Westfield Resource Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.
21st March 2012. Westfield Resource Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.
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WESTFIELD Lane Resource Centre will get a £150,000 makeover after Wakefield Council agreed to offload it to South Elmsall Town Council.

It was decided at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to hand over the running of the building on Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, to the town council on a 30-year lease.

The transformation will include a nursery, advice service provided by Citizens Advice Bureau, education and training facilities, community hall, kitchen and cafe, office units and debt management advice.

Leader of South Elmsall Town Council, Coun Steve Tulley said: “I am really pleased we have been given the running of the centre.

“The resource centre was great for the community providing education and other services but had been run down in the last few years and we want to bring it back up to standard. We want local services for local people.”

The centre will be run by charitable trust with elected representatives.

The council will have to apply for funding to pay for the transformation but Coun Tulley said the town council had already secured £75,000 to get renovations started.

It is hoped it will be up and running by September.

St Luke’s Church, in South Elmsall, also applied to take over running the centre with similar plans to transform the building.

But Wakefield Council decided it had an ongoing commitment to work with town and parish councils to provide services.