New community hub planned

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The building, on Westfield Lane, has been used as a base for adult education courses and community groups but will close its doors later this year due to budget constraints.

South Elmsall Town Council wants to turn the centre into a hub for local groups and organisations.

It will be decided at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday whether the town council will be allowed to proceed with its plans.

If not, the building, which is worth between £80,000 and £100,000, could be sold by Wakefield Council.

South Elmsall town councillor Bob Hayhurst said there are a lot of possibilities for the 102-year-old building, which was turned into the resource centre in 1984.

He said: “I want to make sure that it is kept in the community and is used by the people in the area.

“I have been involved with the centre since it opened and it would be a real shame if it closed down.”

A report to cabinet recommends that the council agrees to lease the building at a low rent over a 25-year period.

Sue Johnson, service director for schools and life long learning, said future courses will run at other centres in the area.

She said: “Now we have secured the continuation of the adult education programme for local people in the south east we need to look what we can do with this building.

“Ideally we want to carry on working with the town council and any other interested parties to try help them secure the Westfield Centre for ongoing community use.”