OnSide Youth Zones will host a public consultation event at The Whitehorse Youth Centre on Boulogne Road on Tuesday 11th April where local residents can find more information on proposals for Croydon Youth Zone – Legacy.
The charity is working alongside the London Borough of Croydon to develop a brand new £6 million Youth Zone at the junction of Whitehorse Road and Boulogne Road. The Youth Zone will be named Legacy after a borough-wide vote in which almost 3,000 young people took part.
Over the next few weeks, prior to the submission of a planning application to the London Borough of Croydon, OnSide will be consulting on its plans with interested groups and the local community.
As part of this, the charity will be holding a one-day public exhibition for local residents and businesses to view the plans, ask questions and comment on the proposals. Members of the Youth Zone’s project team will be available to answer any questions at the Youth Centre between noon and 6pm.
OnSide Deputy Chief Executive Rob Carter said: “Croydon Youth Zone has been designed to be a centre for young people, which all the community can be proud of. It will provide high-quality sports, arts and general recreational facilities for thousands of local young people in a safe and secure environment. The centre is based on the growing OnSide Youth Zone network of facilities across the country which are used by more than 14,000 young people every week.
“Residents will be able to see some of the plans, speak with members of the project team and ask any questions they may have.”
The Youth Zone will cost £1million per annum to run. OnSide will secure revenue funding for the first three years prior to opening from a combination of private sector and charitable trusts and grants. In January 2016 Croydon Council agreed to invest £3.25 million towards the Youth Zone’s £6m development costs, as well as providing the site and £300,000 towards the revenue.
The aim of the Youth Zone is to raise the aspirations, enhance prospects and improve health and wellbeing for young people in Croydon, by providing affordable access to a wide range of programmes, services and activities including sports, arts, music, employability and mentoring.
The proposals include:
- a 4-court indoor sports hall
- Indoor climbing wall
- a fully equipped fitness gym
- a performing arts studio
- a music suite
- a boxing and martial arts gym
- a large open plan recreation area
- arts, crafts and fashion
- film and multi-media facilities
- a teaching/mentoring kitchen
- a café and chill out zone
- multi-use games area/kick pitch with flood lights