Diggers moving in at youth site

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BUILDERS are finally set to start work on two state-of-the-art youth centres in Doncaster.

Officials at Doncaster Council say construction workers will be on site to build the two centres which make up the £5 million Myplace project early next month.

The facilities will be in Bentley and Denaby and are now ready to move forward subject to final approval of capital and business plans which have taken time to finalise.

Construction is expected to take around a year to complete, with youngsters being able to use the facilities for the first time in autumn 2012.

The future of the scheme had at one stage been put under threat by the Government’s spending cuts, but money for the plans was agreed following the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Big Lottery Fund says it will work with Doncaster Council to ensure the two new centres have the maximum impact and benefit for the young people and communities they serve.

The facilities will at The Gate House in Bentley Park and Tom Hill in Denaby.

When they are completed, youngsters who use them will work with the business community and volunteers to run and manage the centres once they open.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, council cabinet member for young people, said: “This project is about encouraging young people to play an active role in their local 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.”

Youth councillor and Myplace project board chairman, Craig Wingfield, 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 get ideas to design our new club.

“It will help young people to come together and make new friends.”