Transforming Scunthorpe ex-social club into a day centre could create 20 jobs

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Mar 2017

TWENTY new full-time and part-time jobs could be created with the conversion of the former Listys sports and social club on West Common Lane in Scunthorpe.

The club, which has stood empty since last August, has been earmarked as a specialist day-care centre for adults with autism and learning and physical difficulties.

Balbir Singh Lally, who has operated a similar centre called Amber House at Broughton since 2011, is now seeking planning approval to make the changes.

Mr Lally said the planned centre in Scunthorpe would feature craft and sports activity rooms, pottery kilns, a cafe, a hairdressing salon and allotment plots.

There would also be other dedicated facilities tailored to learning, friendship and socialising.

The jobs on offer would include a live-in caretaker, centre manager, team leaders and support staff.

The opening hours would be from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday, but the function suites and facilities would be available to hire at other times.

Subject to planning approval, it is hoped the centre would open this summer.

Mr Lally said the new centre would offer more bespoke activities than are currently provided at Amber House and would cater for a wider audience including the elderly and people with dementia.

Fellow director Ralph Parish said: "The Amber Group plans to fill a huge void in the area for meaningful activities and socialising opportunities for those in the community who may feel socially isolated due to disability or age.

"It is hoped the centre will become a real community hub and we look forward to working with adult services and other local agencies during this time of development and in the future."

Listys has stood empty since last August when the building was put up for sale for £150,000.

The centre opened in the 1970s as the Scunthorpe Squash Club and later changed its name to The Figure Factory.

News of Mr Lalley's investment will be welcomed by residents in the West Common Lane area, who in recent months have experienced problems with travellers camping illegally on the site.

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