28th Oct, 2020

Keys to Dickens Heath's new youth centre handed over to Solihull Council

Sarah Mason 10th Oct, 2019

THE KEYS to a new youth and community centre is Dickens Heath have been handed over to Solihull Council.

Before welcoming any groups or visitors to the centre the building, which has been constructed by Wernick Buildings, will need to have a splash of colour.

Those final added touches will be completed by Solihull Council’s Love Solihull team – who have been working with youngsters on the interior design.

Charlie Miles, contracts manager at Wernick Buildings, gave Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways a tour of the building before handing over the keys.

Coun Hawkins said: “I am thrilled to finally have the keys to this fantastic new facility, which will open up so many great opportunities for the local community.

“We’ve done a lot of engagement work with young people living in the area as well as other community groups to find out what they need in terms of a facility, and I’m delighted we are now in a position to soon be opening the doors to them.”

Since 2004 various funding streams have been made available through the Section 106 planning funding process to enable improvements to Dickens Heath.

This has included contributions from developers for the delivery of provisions for young people.

The centre will give young people a large indoor space which they can use for playing games.

There will also be a learning hub, kitchen facilities and an outdoor canopy so it can be used throughout the year both by young people, schools and community groups.

Details about when the Dickens Heath community facility will be open for use will be available soon.

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