New home for Salvos in CBD of the city

THE Salvation Army in Liverpool has finally found a place to call home for the next 12 months.

After an anxious eight weeks of searching for a new location, Salvation Army officers found a site in the CBD.

Liverpool Council has agreed to lease the former Liverpool City Bowling Club site in Bigge Park to the Salvation Army for 12 months.

The announcement comes as investigations continue into the incident at the Goulburn Street building, which was believed to have been deliberately set alight in October.

A fire was believed to have started after a bin was ablaze and the flames spread onto a nearby trolley filled with rubbish and then onto the building.

Major Lynden Spicer of the Salvation said the new facility could not have come at a better time.

"Our biggest concern was finding a new place before Christmas," he said.

"We're so happy and so appreciative to be back right in the heart of Liverpool. We're for the people and we don't want anyone missing out on Christmas."

The Salvation Army has access to the building and has agreed to pay for repairs estimated to cost up to $40,000.

Major Spicer said he hoped the works would be completed by the end of January.

"The carpet and kitchen need cleaning, the roof needs to be fixed and we have set up the phone lines and internet," he said.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said the council was committed to finding the Salvation Army a temporary location to provide its invaluable services to the community.

"The Salvation Army provides a wonderful and vital service to the community, especially at this time of year," Cr Mannoun said. "It's been tough for them [Salvation Army] but they're the heroes in all this and we hope they're back on their feet as soon as possible. There are a lot of needy people and from time to time we all need a helping hand."

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