SCOUTS in part of Huddersfield will soon have a new headquarters.

Crosland Moor Scout Group’s base at Moorside Avenue was torn down yesterday.

A new centre costing nearly £500,000 will be built in its place.

Project coordinator Geoff Ellis explained that the old building, which dated back to 1954, was no longer suitable.

He said: “You had to go through one room to get to another and there was no storage room.”

Mr Ellis believes the new centre will be a great improvement.

He said: “It will be a dog-leg shape with a central corridor and will include a large main hall, a smaller meeting room, a resource room and computer equipment.

“It will be a lot more useful for us and the kids.”

Mr Ellis added that groups including Kirklees Youth Service, Mencap and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards were interested in using the new centre.

The scout group will get the keys to the building on November 21 and plan to move in around Christmas.

The 80-strong group will meet at Crosland Moor Community Centre at Park Road West while the building work is carried out.

Supporters have been raising funds for seven years. The National Lottery contributed £300,000 and Kirklees Council gave £100,000.