A £220,000 investment has been secured to modernise and expand community facilities at the Riverside Youth Hub in Walcot, Bath.
Following several months of lobbying by Walcot Councillor Fiona Darey, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Conservative leadership has announced that funding is to be included in the authority’s budget plans for the this year to upgrade facilities at the youth centre.
The significant investment by the Conservative-run council will be used to modernise and expand the facilities provided at the youth hub, making the centre more flexible and energy efficient for use by both the Council’s Youth Connect Service and a number of community groups.
Planned improvements to the centre include:
- Changing a store room into a workshop;
- Adding a sheltered area at the back of the building;
- Opening up the garden area;
- Building a pontoon for better river access for kayaking;
- Improving the music studio;
- Resurfacing the external ball court;
- Painting and decorating throughout, including new flooring, suspended ceilings and improved signage and lighting.
Welcoming the news, Walcot Councillor Fiona Darey (Cons) said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that the Council has agreed to allocate this funding in its budget plans for this year. I know that this news will be warmly welcomed by those who use the Riverside Youth Hub and the community here more widely.
“The Youth Hub already provides a much-valued service for young people in the area, but the facilities have been in need of modernisation for some time. The plans outlined by the Council will mean more activities can be provided for young people as well as offer flexibility for use by a range a community groups.”
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Michael Evans (Cons) added:
“There had been a suggestion that this youth centre could be at risk of closure, so I am very pleased to confirm that in fact we have protected youth services in this year’s budget plans, and have earmarked £220,000 to modernise and update facilities here at the Riverside Youth Hub, including a new workshop, garden area, better river access and improved music studio.”