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Future of the Downham Market boxing club in limbo after building declared unfit for use

The Downham boxing club is in a state of flux after the building on Howdale road has been "recommended for demolition."

At last night's town council meeting, the future of the popular club was discussed by councillors and the club's owner Mr Kirby.

The club has been going for a number of years and has proven popular with school age children.

DMTC meeting October 5 Credit Steven Hewitt (51984910)
DMTC meeting October 5 Credit Steven Hewitt (51984910)

Mayor Jenny Groom said: "The building is at the end of it's life and has been recommended for demolition, at the time of purchase we bought it for £1 and it was a deal that was too good to pass up, but now it is in a state of disrepair."

Councillor Charlie Pyatt said: "If it's not suitable for repair could we get a port-a-cabin or explore grants or even crowdfunding?

"The boxing club has done wonders for children around here."

Mr Kirby said: "It's been a help to the youngsters mental health and I've never seen a quote for the cost of repair."

Councillor Charlie Pyatt speaks Credit Steven Hewitt (51984906)
Councillor Charlie Pyatt speaks Credit Steven Hewitt (51984906)

Addressing the council, and Mr Kirby, who was in attendance Ms Groom said: "It will cost around £4000 to repair and £5000 for demolition, I will leave that to you to decide."

Members of the council agreed efforts should be made to "save the club" and implement temporary measures until a new building can be erected or the old building repaired.

Members of the public have spoken about the closure of the boxing club.

One said: "There must be a way to keep it, and the council don't seem opposed to that idea as a whole.

"My son used to go there and it really helped him - there's not much to do in Downham for young people."

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