Moves to secure youth club provision in Kelso revealed

Cllr, Alec Nicol outside The Rezz youth club in Kelso as plans to move the club elsewhere are discussed.
Cllr, Alec Nicol outside The Rezz youth club in Kelso as plans to move the club elsewhere are discussed.

Efforts are under way to

secure mainstream youth club facilities for the first time in Kelso, one of the few towns still lacking such provision.

Yesterday, Scottish Borders Council was due to discuss the provision of £73,000 for youth work in the Cheviot area, which includes Kelso and Jedburgh.

Up until now, Kelso has been the only town in the Borders which has had no specific youth club facility or service provided by the local authority or its third sector partners, according to local Scottish Borders councillor Alec Nicol (LD).

“The Cheviot Youth Group, which covers both the Kelso and Jedburgh areas, has been looking for better premises in Kelso for some time,” Mr Nicol told The Southern.

“In the past we looked at the Bowmont Hall and the old Trinity Church, but these fell by the wayside for various reasons.

“Currently, there is The Rezz, adjacent to the Abbey Row Centre, but this only holds about 20 and so is far too small to provide a mainstream youth facility.

“So we’re keen to identify a solution and are in discussion about a facility that might be available, but I’m not at liberty to disclose exactly where that is at the moment.

“But we’re close to an agreement, which would be great as I have been concerned for years of the need to develop provision for mainstream youths.”

And Mr Nicol says the plan is for any facility to cater for other community groups, such as mums and toddlers, as well as the more traditional youth club membership.