Revised youth strategy plan wins support
The provision of new youth services in Haverhill are one step closer to reality after being given the backing of councillors.
Members of Haverhill Town Council’s leisure and community committee met on Tuesday night to consider adopting fresh proposals for youth strategy in the town as an official draft. During the meeting at Haverhill Arts Centre councillors agreed the plans contained sufficient information to be laid out before full council.
“We have a working document and members felt confident it was comprehensive enough to go to full council,” said Nick Keeble, arts and leisure manager at the council.
The town council has been forced to revise its plans for youth provision after attempts to establish a youth hub in the former magistrates’ court building in Camps Road fell through.
The authority had been in lengthy lease negotiations with the owner’s of the site, Suffolk County Council, but failed to reach agreement on the terms.
After canvassing the opinion of youngsters in the area the town council has come up with alternative proposals. It is seeking to implement a diverse range of youth services at various locations, with £300,000 in capital funds and £110,400 in revenue funds set aside for the project.
“We have been petitioned for a skate park type facility, education and employment services and outreach for adults,” said town clerk Colin Poole.
“We hope to build on the success of the Chill Out Zone at the leisure centre.”
The former magistrates’ court is expected to be turned into retirement flats after the county council confirmed the building had been sold to developers Churchill Retirement Living last month. An application for up to 50 apartments is due to be submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council in the coming weeks.