Youth centre vision outlined for Haverhill
Exciting new ideas to improve youth services in Haverhill and the state of town’s streets and public spaces were backed by the town council at its meeting on Tuesday (February 26).
At the meeting town clerk Will Austin gave councillors an update on the progress being made towards the Neighbourhood Community Budget (NCB), which is being managed by ONE Haverhill.
He told councillors the main aims of the NCB - to improve youth provision and the street realm - were examined at a ONE Haverhill board meeting on February 8.
Mr Austin said: “The main proposal coming out is the idea of creating a single youth service for Haverhill, running from a single dedicated youth centre.”
Councillors heard that £25,000 of revenue funding would be needed to provide a youth centre two nights a week, at a venue yet to be decided.
They also heard the plan required a one-of setting up cost of £150,000 and £80,000 per year to keep it running.
Councillors also agreed to employ a youth co-ordinator on a two-year contract, for which £50,000 has already been pledged for each of the two years by Job Centre Plus.
It was also agreed that the town council wold work with Haverhill Volunteer Centre to find 100 street volunteers, whose task would be to inspect the town’s streets and report any issues with maintenance and appearance.
Part of the proposal could also see touch screen facilities set up to allow the volunteers to immediately log those things they feel need reporting and dealing with.
Councillors voted to back all the elements of the NCB proposals that were put to them.
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