Kids get their say as work begins on £5m youth centres

Artist's impression of the planned Bentley myplace Youth centre.
Artist's impression of the planned Bentley myplace Youth centre.

TWO new youth centres costing £5 million seem to have beaten the Government’s spending cuts after minister pledged cash for the buildings.

The Department for Education has confirmed that Doncaster’s myplace project will go ahead following the comprehensive spending review which has hit the public sector.

The Big Lottery Fund and Doncaster Council will now press ahead with plans to build the centres in Bentley and Denaby.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, the council’s cabinet member for children, said: “I am delighted funding has been confirmed for Doncaster’s myplace project and two world-class youth centres should now be built.

“This project is about encouraging young people to play an active role in their communities. It is about involving them every step of the way from designing the centres right through to helping to run the facilities.

“This experience and responsibility is going to be invaluable for their future development.”

Subject to business plans being approved, the two state-of-the-art facilities should be built by autumn 2012.

Youngsters have been involved in the decision making and the design of the buildings.

They will also work with businesses and volunteers to run the centres once they open. This will include raking in as much profits as possible through renting out rooms, the sale of refreshments and organising events.

Craig Wingfield, youth councillor and myplace project board chairman, said: “On the road to get a new youth club for the young people in the Bentley area, I have been to many meetings and places to help the young people to get ideas to design our new youth club.

“Now we have got the money for the new youth club I think it will make a big difference for the young people of Bentley. It will help young people to come together and make new friends.”

Young people wanting to get involved should call 01302 720900 or 01302 735712.