Trustees of Braintree’s newest community centre are hoping to get permission to open it up to the masses.

Those behind the Archer Community Centre, in East Street, have applied to Braintree Council for a change of use from light industry to assembly and leisure.

Under current conditions, the main building can only be used as a youth centre but trustees hope to get broader permission for the whole site so it can be used by other community groups such as Braintree Asperger’s Support Group, Braintree Rethink Carers Support Group and local clubs.

Parking at the centre, which was presented with a £9,000 grant by the Times’ parent company, Gannett, in January, would increase from four spaces to 11.