Former KCU building could be demolished

The former home of the Kettering Centre for the Unemployed (KCU)
The former home of the Kettering Centre for the Unemployed (KCU)
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A building which a voluntary organisation was forced to leave almost a decade ago could be demolished to make way for offices.

The premises, near the top of Station Road, used to house Kettering Centre for the Unemployed but it left after Kettering Council stopped its funding in 2005.

Nine years later, the building is still unused, and council officers have admitted in a report that it had fallen into “disrepair” after having been “vandalised on many occasions”.

The council said it was looking at various options, including demolition and building new offices at a cost of £300,000, which would generate £35,000-a-year in rent for the authority.

That option was approved and more reports about the feasibility of redeveloping the site will be considered at future meetings.

Speaking at last week’s executive committee meeting, Cllr Mick Scrimshaw, who is a county councillor and not a member of the committee, said: “Kicking out KCU nine years ago was shameful.

“The building has been there for nine years going to wrack and ruin – to the extent that the council is now talking about massive refurbishment.

“It is an awful building and I’m really pleased that you are going to do something about it.”

The meeting heard that the council had received a cash offer of £250,000 for the site from a dental firm based in the Kettering area.