PLANS to build a state-of-the-art youth centre in Chelmsley Wood have taken a step nearer to reality realised.
The Big Lottery Fund has allocated over £5m to build the new facility in north Solihull. The centre would house a sports hall, internet cafe and other facilities for youngsters providing leisure, education and health services all under one roof.
Sustain - which supports Solihull charities and community groups - is heading up the project with backing from a range of other organisations, including Job Centre Plus, Solihull Council and Solihull NHS Care Trust.
Money will be released later this year - subject to the Lottery approving the final business plan. A planning application would then be lodged with Solihull Council next year and doors would open at some point in 2011.
Dave Pinwell, Sustain’s chief executive, said it was crucial to get young people involved in the project from the very beginning.
“There’s no point in developing something that isn’t wanted,” he said. “We had to get feedback from young people and they have been most helpful.
“Those who have been involved so far are very excited about the project, but we are going to be doing the rounds again and getting more views. It’s important we get the details absolutely right.”
Members of the Solihull Youth Parliament helped to choose the location for the centre and although it will be built in Chelmsley Wood, Sustain is confident the project will make a difference to youngsters across the borough.
With the wheels in motion, Sustain is looking for volunteers and fund raisers. Anyone interested in getting involved can call 0121 711 3148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.