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Bold plan to restore derelict WW2 building to its historic roots

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BOLD plans to restore a dilapidated building to its historic World War 2 roots have been submitted to Warrington Borough Council.

The scheme involves the former Glazebrook Country Club, in Bank Street, Glazebrook.
It has recently been plagued by vandals and police have been called to the scene to deal with anti-social behaviour.



But during the war it was a significant location for British, American and Canadian troops rehabilitating after active service.
Work has already started on tidying up surrounding land but the new application is to restore the derelict building to its original use as a rehabilitation centre for ex-military personnel.
A further phase would involve restoring the building – which is of historic significance – as a centre for the display of artefacts and military memorabilia.
According to the applicants, the building has retained its significance and still attracts many ex-services personnel and their families who visit to see the place where they spent a large part of their military lives.
Many of these are from North America.
Part of the plan is to provide a space to remember those who gave their lives in the conflict.
It is also hoped to display early radio communications technology and other military equipment.
Discussions have taken place with various uniformed organisations about the future use of the site, including the Royal British Legion,The Red Cross,The Salvation Army,Help for Hero’s and Walking Wounded.
There would be an enlarged car park and an outdoor space allowing veterans to congregate on significant memorial days.
According to the applicants, the facility would create about 30 jobs on the site and a similar number in the supply chain.
The surrounding grounds would be enhanced to benefit local wildlife.
It is believed the building is the only one of its type in the Warrington area.

 

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