YOUNG people in Chester have their fingers crossed as they anxiously await the outcome of a bid to secure a new £34 million state-of-the-art music, art and drama centre for the city.
Connexions Cheshire and Warrington have put in the bid following the Government’s commitment of £90 million to the development of world class facilities for young people.Š
The application has gone through the “myplace” fund which is operated by the National Lottery.ŠŠ
If successful, notification is due in February next year, the building will offer a variety of activities including; make-up studio, music and lighting and dance floor, as well as a media suite and a chill-out zone café, and it is guaranteed to get the thumbs up from the young people as they have been involved in every step of the application.
Jenny Banks, development and external funding manager at Connexions Cheshire and Warrington, said: “The young people of Chester have very clear ideas of what they would want from this centre, and this includes weekend and evening access.Š
“On top of that Connexions staff will be based at the facility and there will be space for a number of agencies to support young people and provide information, advice and guidance when they want it and where they want it to be.”
If the bid is successful the new facility will compliment the current development programme in Chester by being housed in an existing building which will undergo extensive modernisation and refurbishment.