A MAJOR clear-up took place as part of preparations to restore a scout hut to its former glory.
The 2nd West Drayton Scouts were forced to move out of their headquarters in Rowan Road, West Drayton last year when the roof was found to contain condemned asbestos and the heating and hot water failed.
Since then the community has rallied round, and thanks to hard work by volunteers and businesses, the building is being restored to look better than ever before.
Over the weekend volunteers worked together to clean up the site and fill a skip with unwanted materials as the renovations gathered pace.
Simon Sergides, on behalf of 2nd West Drayton Scouts, said: "Once complete our building will become a vibrant, well equipped and flexible environment for our community to embrace. The main hall space is over 1,200 square feet, featuring the original parquet wood flooring, so ideal for keep-fit classes, children's and community groups, or special events and private parties."
After garnering input from their neighbours, the scouts have incorporated suggestions to increase access for disabled people and parents' requests for secure storage for buggies, while the kitchen has been kitted out with top-notch cooking equipment.
The scout group is soon to celebrate its 75th anniversary, and has seen its numbers grow despite being without a permanent home for nearly a year.
The hard work is not over yet however; the scouts are still searching for more volunteers to help finish the refurbishments.
Mr Sergides added: "We are actively seeking individual volunteers and companies to help us in this final stage of decoration. It's a big space to prepare and paint, and we would dearly welcome anyone who could spare a few hours or donate a small amount towards the remaining materials required."
Among contributors to the refurbishment are developers St George West London, owner of Park West in nearby Porter's Way, the Hillingdon Community Trust and The Chrysalis Fund.