Group’s hopes for new community centre

130460 The North site community group hope to rejuvenate Barrowcliff football changing rooms .Left to Right PCSO Gill Kitson ,Bryan Croft,Neil Kipling,Nicky Crawford,Zara Johnson with her kids Tia and Jenson,and Mandy Day.Picture Richard Ponter.
130460 The North site community group hope to rejuvenate Barrowcliff football changing rooms .Left to Right PCSO Gill Kitson ,Bryan Croft,Neil Kipling,Nicky Crawford,Zara Johnson with her kids Tia and Jenson,and Mandy Day.Picture Richard Ponter.
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Derelict land in Barrowcliff is being earmarked for development by a newly formed community group which has hopes of creating a new ‘hub’ for residents.

The North Side Community Improvement Group is in the early stages of being founded in a bid to transform Northstead and its surrounding area for the benefit of local residents.

Following initial meetings the group has already identified a key project as it looks to create a community centre in the area.

Talks are now taking place with Scarborough Council about the possibility of transforming the derelict football changing rooms at Barrowcliff playing fields into what will be known as the North Side Community Hub.

Leaders of the group are hoping to put together an application for a Community Asset Transfer, which if approved will see ownership of the site passed from the local authority to the group.

Over coming weeks the group will be sending out questionnaires to local residents to find out what improvements could be made, and what services should be offered at the planned community centre.

Work is even being carried out with Northstead School to develop a children’s questionnaire so youngster’s views can be taken on board.

Northstead resident Neil Kipling, who is one of the founders of the North Side Community Improvement Group, said: “We wanted to a create a proper community group working solely to improve the area around Northstead for local residents.

“We have had a few meetings now and have developed and generated a lot of interest in the group and potential projects.

“We are really looking to get more people on board now though. We want to hear what people want. We really want this to be a community led initiative. Its not about anyone doing it for us, we want to do this by ourselves to build pride in the community.”

Residents are invited to share views and find out more at the next meeting of the North Side Community Improvement Group which is being held on February 22 at Northstead Methodist Church from 6pm.