Community to help shape youth education hub proposals
Posted on : 15 Nov 2019
A former golf club in Caerphilly could become an innovative new education training hub and community facility providing exciting opportunities for young people and the wider public across the area.
Caerphilly county borough council’s Cabinet has agreed to progress the acquisition of the former Virginia Park Golf Club premises and develop a blueprint for an exciting new facility.
The site, located next to Caerphilly Leisure Centre, offers potential use as a non-residential education and training venue, subject to planning conditions and consultation with local councillors and the community.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, said “Having a building of this nature in the Caerphilly basin holds the potential for the council to significantly enhance the services that are currently available and meet multiple needs.
“We are also keen to consider the potential for wider community use of the building and, now that Cabinet approval has been given for its acquisition, officers will begin discussing plans in more detail with the local community and ward councillors.”
Virginia Park Golf Club is currently owned by Withey Properties who have offered the building and associated car parking to the council in exchange for a restrictive covenant being lifted.
The building could provide a unique opportunity for the council to offer outreach youth work, operate a welsh medium youth club and deliver much needed support to young people experiencing issues with mental health.
It is hoped the facility will help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area, provide focused learning opportunities for vulnerable young people and also enhance the support available for those facing deprivation related issues such as homelessness.