A YOUTH club could set to return to Builth Wells after a three-year absence.

The Town Council is calling on the community to share their thoughts and ideas at a public meeting.

Councillor Jane Walters said: “I have spoken with a number of people in recent months that have expressed their desire and experience in running a Youth Club.

“Please come along so that you can give us your input and experience.”

Builth Wells Youth Club closed in July 2016 as part of Powys County Council cuts to youth services.

Youth clubs in Llandrindod Wells, Brecon, Ystradgynlais, Newtown and Welshpool were kept open but youth clubs in smaller towns such as Builth Wells closed.

Builth Wells Town Council said it would support any group or individual who would like to set up a base for young people to meet and socialise.

Response from the community has been positive to the Town Council’s proposals with several people volunteering to help.

Posting on social media, a mother-of-three living in the town called it a “brilliant idea”.

Builth Wells Mayor, Cllr Gwyn Davies said residents are “excited and on-board” with the project.

“If there’s anything to get kids doing things then that can only be a positive.

“There’s not much to do for youngsters at the moment if you’re not into sport, and Young Farmers is not for everyone.

“Unfortunately, running a youth club comes down to money.”

He believes a youth club would make a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing.

“Mental health is an increasing issue but not everybody can talk to their parents.

“If they’re not looked after then it will have a negative impact for their future.”

Builth Wells County Councillor Jeremy Pugh agrees: “Youth club was where it was spotted and where young people could confide”.

He added that the proposals are “absolutely fantastic”.

“The Town Council’s work is a credit to themselves.”

The public meeting will be held at the Strand Hall, in Builth Wells, on Wednesday, October 9, at 7pm.