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Headquarters for scouts gets the go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 13:18 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

A SCOUT leader says he is absolutely ecstatic after the council granted permission to build new headquarters.

A SCOUT leader says he is "absolutely ecstatic" after the council granted permission to build new headquarters.

A hut for Chislehurst Invicta Scouts will now be built on Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, after finally receiving planning permission.

Bromley council's planning committee agreed to the development during a meeting on June 3, after it was referred for deliberation by a previous meeting.

As part of the plan, the hut will be built on the site of the current children's playground, which will be rebuilt nearby as a modern play area, thanks to £10,000 from the Chislehurst Society.

Mark Aldridge, from Chislehurst Invicta Scouts, said: "After more than 10 years of hard work, we are absolutely ecstatic to report that Bromley council bosses have finally approved our planning application to rebuild our HQ in Chislehurst, where it rightfully belongs.

"This is excellent news for the children as this decision will almost certainly guarantee the survival of the Chislehurst Invicta Scouting movement. We would like to thank all those who have supported us throughout this journey."

The scout group has been searching for a new site since its previous headquarters burnt to the ground ten years ago, but hit a setback when some residents objected to their plans, fearing an increased nuisance and traffic in the area.

Beavers, cubs and scouts will use the building on Thursday to Friday evenings each year and on some weekends.

Alison Stammers, secretary of the Friends of Chislehurst and Walden Recreation Grounds, said: "This is fantastic news, and we look forward to welcoming the scout and the various benefits that will come.

"We will see better facilities for young people, and we have started conversations with the council about the new playground.

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