Work on £800,000 youth club to begin

A DANCE area, DJ booth and recording studios, pool tables, dance area and cafe are some of the facilities young people will be able to enjoy at a new youth centre in Sutton.

This week, bosses at Nottinghamshire County Council unveiled major plans to refurbish a council-owned building on the town’s Station Street to create state-of-the-art youth facility on which is due to be opened in March.

The £800,000 centre will give young people the chance to try out a host of activities as well as pick up useful advice.

Sara Platt, Ashfield Locality Manager for the Young People’s Service at the county council said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the young people of Ashfield.

“It is bringing an under-used building into use and is a huge improvement on the current provision.

“We have worked closely with Ashfield District Council to ensure there is safe access to Sutton Lawn and that it is in keeping with the local surroundings.”

The building, which was once home to Sutton Girls’ Grammar School, is currently used by the council’s Skills for Employment, which provides vocational training for 16 to 18-year-olds, and this will continue when it becomes a youth facility.

Sara added: “A lot of young people congregate on Sutton Lawn and we will encourage them to come into the building - we are going to have a gateway onto the lawn.

“We’re going to have pool and table football and I have been in talks with Sutton’s Takeover Radio to see if we can link up with them.

“I have got a horticulture group and they are going to work on the front garden so we can have seats and barbecues.”

At present, Sara and her team use a mobile bus to reach out to the young people - but the new centre will replace this so it can be used in other parts of Ashfield.

During the day, the facility will provide a host of services, for example, providing support to young people who have come through the justice system.

Meanwhile, Coun Lynn Sykes, who is Committee Chairman for Early Years and Young People’s Committee at the county council, added: “As a local authority, we are committed to not only safeguarding services for young people but also to invest further in facilities for them.

“We are excited about the plans for this new centre within Sutton and looking forward to it opening in the new year.”

Thomlinson’s is the main contractor for the 20-week renovation project.

The youth centre is expected to be open from Monday to Saturday between 6pm and 9.30pm.

Young people can also take advantage of a whole range of facilities around the district including Quarrydale School in Sutton, along with The Acre Young People’s Centre in Kirkby and Selston Young People’s Centre.