20 April 2012
Caerphilly County Borough Council is considering plans which will benefit the young people and overall the wider community of Fochriw. Provisional proposals to give the youth service a permanent home in the Fochriw Community Centre were agreed at a meeting of Cabinet this week.
The youth service has temporarily been located in Fochriw Community Centre. However, this temporary placement has resulted in restricted use for other users of the facility. The council, working with community representatives, has been exploring alternative venues for this youth provision to continue.
Plans would include leasing the community centre to the Fochriw Community Centre Management Committee over a 25 year period, so that funding totalling approximately £380,000 can be sought to extend the building with new toilets, a kitchen, an office, and a separate entrance. The council has already earmarked £126,000 as a contribution to the required funding from the Education and Leisure Capital Programme for the financial year 2013-14.
Colin Jones, Head of Performance and Property Services commented, "The Youth Centre in Fochriw is a very popular facility, and it is important the council does all it can to support the Community Centre Management Committee in its endeavours to help continue the essential work the youth service does".
He continued, "Fochriw Community Centre has provided a welcoming temporary home for the service, and the council, along with the young people of Fochriw, is hoping that the Management Committee can secure the necessary funding to provide a permanent youth service at this facility for future generations of young people in Fochriw".
Funding is currently being explored from a number of sources including the Heads of the Valley Fund and the Community Facility Activity Programme.
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