Plans have been submitted to change the use of the former police station in Pulrose into a community centre.
The Methodist Church of the Isle of Man has applied (14/00185/C) to government planners for the change.
The former police house, in Pulrose Road, has lain empty since June 2012 when officers moved into a new station based in Heather Crescent.
Submitted as part of the application is a letter from Reverend David Shirtliff, who explains that at this stage it was difficult to have a clear idea on how the community work would develop if planning approval is granted.
But he explains: ‘Our intention is to work with other charitable groups, churches and statutory organisations in responding to needs within the community in seeking to build a greater level of community cohesiveness.
‘I would anticipate that the project would start small, but develop momentum.’
He said it would be helpful if the community centre could be open on any day of the week to allow for ‘flexibility of response to the community’.
It’s envisaged that its use would be sessional, depending on human resources and work that needs to be done.
‘So some days might see a breakfast club for school children and it then be closed for the rest of the day,’ he said.
‘Other days might see a fuller programme.
‘A good parallel would, I imagine, be that of a community-focussed set of church premises where there is significant use by the community, but that usage varies day by day.’