Artist's impressions of Cadbury Heath's new £2m community centre unveiled
The first images have been unveiled of Cadbury Heath’s new £2m community and youth centre.
The new building – which is designed to replace the ageing youth centre opposite the Old Pavilion – will have separate entrances for the community and local youngsters.
Residents have attended a series of local consultation events to discuss the plans and have until March 15 to give their views on the potential design.
A total of £6m of capital funding became available after South Gloucestershire Council decided to work with an external partner to build and run two new care homes, rather than building and running them itself.
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The money saved is now being shared between this new community building, home disability adaptations and broadband improvements.
Local councillor for the Parkwall ward, Nick Barrett, who has led the project with fellow Tory councillor Tony Olpin, said: “We have been campaigning for improved facilities on behalf of the community for a number of years now and we would encourage local people to give their views on the potential design of this flagship new building, which will serve the community and local young people for years to come.
“Both the existing youth centre and the adjacent Old Pavilion have done great service to the community over many years, but both buildings are now in real need of major investment.
“The Council’s property officers are advising that it’s better value for money to build something new, than try to refurbish the existing buildings.
“We are keen to see that these new facilities are just part of the legacy that this investment leaves behind.
“So we want to see the successful building contractor recruit local unemployed 18-24 year olds currently claiming Job Seeker's Allowance, equip them with the necessary skills and help them to play a part in constructing this exciting new building. This would help them to access employment opportunities and obtain the transferable skills that they will have for the rest of their lives.”
He added: “There is real chance here to ensure that this investment leaves behind more than just a flagship new facility, but also a generation of skilled local young people with a real stake in their local community – something they can look back on with immense pride for years to come.”
The planning application is expected to be submitted this summer with building work starting by the end of the year.