HUDDERSFIELD'S thriving sea cadets have moved out of their own base and hope to be in a new building within a year.
Since 1981, the 50-strong cadets have been in two ex-Army huts that were built in the 1940s at Snow Island, beside the River Colne, off King's Mill Lane, Huddersfield.
But plans have been mooted for a while for a new building and a for a scheme to provide more student accommodation or an office for Huddersfield University at Snow Island.
A wooden building will be built for Huddersfield Sea Cadets which will cost £220,000.
Planning permission was passed in April, but no date has yet been set for the work to start.
The cadets already have just over £100,000 in the kitty and will be fund-raising in force after Christmas.
Applications are also being made to trusts and charities.
The cadet huts were rapidly deteriorating - made worse by a burglary there.
They have moved to the Territorial Army's drill hall at St Paul's Street for the time being.
Commanding officer Reg Horner said: "The roof has been leaking terribly and then someone stole the electricity cable into the building, leaving us with no heat.
"The Reserve Forces and Cadet Association For Yorkshire and Humberside has been very good to us by allowing us to use the drill hall."
The cadets, aged 12 to 18, meet every Monday and Thursday from 7 to 9pm and can be contacted during those hours on 01484 450122.