Diss youth centre could get outdoor gym

Progress is continuing to be made on improvements to a Norfolk youth centre, which was sold by the county council as part of cutbacks.

A potential gym equipment supplier has deemed the Diss Youth Resource Base, in Shelfanger Road, suitable for an outdoor gym after visiting the premises, and the centre's steering group is set to submit a funding bid to Sport England before the April deadline to pay for the new facility.

An application for �3,000 funding from South Norfolk Council to install new carpet and redecorate some areas of the building has also been successful, while signs on the outside are set to be rebranded as Diss Youth and Community Centre.

In February, the county council completed the sale of the centre to Diss Town Council as part of cutbacks to reduce the national debt.

The centre is currently being run by a steering group, but a charitable trust could be set up to take over the running with one young person, a youth worker and a paid part-time caretaker, and there are plans to let upstairs office space to a social enterprise or not-for-profit group to generate extra revenue for the centre.

Many of the recommendations for the centre's future use were contained in a report commissioned by business analysts Moss-King Associates after the county council was forced to sell the centre to the town council for �125,000 following cutbacks to save money. The centre was bought for the council by an anonymous donor.

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