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Plans for Preston Youth Zone show vast range of recreation and support facilities

Posted on - 5th January, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, City Centre, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Recreation, Redevelopment
Planned design for inside the Youth Zone Pic: Elephant Visual
Planned design for inside the Youth Zone Pic: Elephant Visual

National youth charity OnSide is seeking approval from Preston City Council to provide a vast range of recreation facilities for young people at the proposed Preston Youth Zone.

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A three storey building on the land bounded by Tithebarn Street, Lord Street and Crooked Lane will house the Youth Zone, aiming to combat the city’s issue with anti-social behaviour.

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Head of OnSide, Adam Poyner, aims to create a facility that is widely accessible and affordable to people of all abilities.

Preston Youth Zone will be open between 8am and 10pm every day of the year to cater for the young people of the area.

Read more: Final designs for multimillion pound Preston Youth Zone revealed

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An overhead visual of the site area Pic: Elephant Visual
An overhead visual of the site area Pic: Elephant Visual

The new Youth Zone will offer a wide range of sporting, artistic, cultural, physical and recreational activities for young people aged eight to 19 years (up to 25 years for those with additional needs).

The facilities and general support services will include:

  • four-court sports hall
  • performance space
  • fitness gym
  • kick-pitch
  • music room
  • arts and craft rooms
  • mentoring kitchen
  • recreation space with cafe for young people
  • administration and support areas
  • vehicle drop-off
  • service and disabled parking bays

It is expected that between 1,500 and 2,000 children and young people will visit the Youth Zone each week and there could be up to 300 attending at any one time.

The facility is expected to have a full-time workforce of around 20 people and 50 part-time positions.

Read more: Project helps South Ribble teenagers reconnect post-pandemic

What the youth zone could look like Pic: Elephant Visual
What the youth zone could look like Pic: Elephant Visual

Up to 100 active community volunteers will also be involved in helping out.

The planning statement prepared by John Puttick Associates said: “It is important that the Youth Zone is easily accessible to all children and young people of the area and especially those from disadvantaged families, whose lives may lack discipline and structure.

“Research has shown what young people do in their leisure time has a huge impact on their personal health and well-being and on their personal health and on their future prospects.”

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