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A DERELICT building is set to be spruced up and turned into a sports facility for children.

The building is owned by Heckmondwike Sports Club, which wants to increase members, especially young people.

Community safety officer Rebecca Strutt told members: “We have been working with the club because of high levels of anti-social behaviour behind the club.

“Hardly any young people use it and we want to change that. We want to develop a derelict building for young people to use.

“The facilities there are great but they are so under-used at the moment and the main reason for that is there is nowhere for young people to go.”

Ms Strutt said the building was currently full of old equipment but probation services had agreed that offenders on community payback work would clear it out and redecorate it, as well as maintaining the site through the summer.

Spen Valley Town and Valley Committee agreed to give the club £16,250, of which £5,900 would be spent on the roof; £5,450 would be spent on electrical work and £4,900 would be spent on plumbing.

Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) said: “If we can get this done I am sure we can build on it.”

The committee heard that the Sports Club itself was well used, with a licensed clubhouse, two squash courts, a football and cricket pitch, five-a-side pitch and table tennis building.