Work Starts on Minehead EYE
|Published: 18th June 2009 07:37|
Work on the new Minehead EYE youth and community centre got underway last week. Building contractor Russell Construction is now on site to start ground work investigations and to establish the site offices and compound.
Minehead EYE is an exciting and innovative project which will provide a dedicated, purpose-built extreme sports and youth and community centre on Mart Road in Minehead. It will provide access to facilities which encourage creativity in sports, art, music and media.
Things will really start to take shape over the coming months. There are plans to start laying the foundations in the next few weeks; the steel frame will go up in August with the brick work and roof following in September and October.
The building is due to be finished in May/June next year and is the culmination of many years of work from the dedicated project team and young people from the area.
Naomi Griffith, Director of Minehead EYE, said "It is so exciting to have the building contractors on site starting to build Minehead EYE. After so many years it seems incredible that we are finally nearly there. From here things just get more exciting as we see the centre being built and finalise firm plans for the activities and services that the centre will provide.
"We are doing loads of work with young people and have recently set up a youth board, as well as doing lots of consultation work with students at West Somerset Community College. We have some great events planned for the summer holidays and will be out and about at fetes around the district. We are also putting together a newsletter to keep everyone posted with updates on the project and news on how to get involved, so look out for that next month."
As well as providing world class youth facilities, Minehead EYE aims to give young people a place of their own where they can feel at ease to meet up, relax and interact. Accessibility to the wider community is central to the project and everyone will be welcome. The centre will be built and run on environmentally sustainable principles with elements designed specifically to encourage reusing, recycling and reducing waste.
Cllr Neil Parbrook, West Somerset Council's Community Lead Member, said, "Things for teenagers to do was recently identified in a local survey as one of the public's top three priorities for West Somerset. The council is delighted to help the project team celebrate this major milestone which, promises to fulfill this need not only for young people in Minehead, but for the wider young community as well.
"The input of young people has been vital in helping us develop facilities that interest and stimulate them. Minehead EYE will provide new challenges and experiences that have not previously been available to them in West Somerset."
Minehead EYE was recently awarded £3.2 million of funding through the myplace programme which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund. West Somerset Council recently reaffirmed its commitment to fund £250,000 towards the project.
Back: Penny Longhurs; Phil Keith; Jasmine Heard; Josh Wichard; Rosa Lewis; Molly Studley; Richard Life; Jordan Batts. Front: Jason Jones and Cllr Neil Parbrook.