Grant will enable floor to be put down at south Norfolk youth centre

PUBLISHED: 18:57 12 May 2014 | UPDATED: 18:58 12 May 2014

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A new floor is set to be put down at a Diss youth centre as part of major renovations during the summer months.

The trustees of Diss Youth and Community Centre in Shelfanger Road have secured a grant from South Norfolk Council to pay for the new flooring, which will replace old acrylic tiles.

Keith Kiddie, one of the centre’s trustees, said the floor was set to be replaced in August.

He added: “At the moment there are old acrylic tiles that are down on the floor and we are going to have to take them up.

“We are going to put down a new floor, which will have more spring, especially for the dance groups that use the centre.”

The work is part of a larger refurbishment project that has been on going at the centre since the start of 2013 and has included the installation of a suspended ceiling made from special acoustic tiles to reduce the noise from bands using the top floor of the building.

Other improvements have included replacing the top floor windows, while panes were also replaced on the bottom floor and new blinds will also be fitted.

The centre’s trustees have received £40,000 of grant funding from the Norfolk Community Fund, South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council’s Construction Fund, Awards for All and a small amount of infrastructure money from developers to pay for the improvements.

Since the project began, there have been a few hitches, such as the discovery of potentially harmful asbestos in panels around single framed metal windows on the top floor during work to replace them with double glazing.

The centre was closed briefly following the discovery of the material, which has been banned in the UK since 1985 after being linked to lung diseases.

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