Have your say on the new Keystone Youth Centre
Littlehampton Town Council and Arun District Council are preparing to replace the existing Keystone Centre, Eldon Way, Wick, with a brand-new youth centre and they want your views on how to improve the facilities.
A number of community engagement events took place before a feasibility study was conducted.
Latest News - August 2020
With the design concept approved earlier this year, a much-needed youth facility in Littlehampton is another step closer to fruition.
Subject to planning permission, the existing Keystone Centre in Eldon Way, Wick, will be replaced with a brand-new youth centre, with architects Heyler Davies briefed to focus on sustainability as part of their innovative design. Meanwhile Arun District Council, which owns the land, is exploring ways to improve the outdoor facilities.
Recognising the advantages of providing a facility where the Town’s young people can socialise, learn new skills and access support, the centre will be funded chiefly by Littlehampton Town Council, using monies from the Morrison’s Supermarket and Kingley Gate developments and Arun District Council.
Speaking about the project, Town Councillor and Management Committee member, Mike Northeast said:
“Its exciting that after representing the ward for over 30 years this dream is finally becoming a reality and the Keystone Management Team are helping determine, in consultation with young people, the internal design and fit out. Modern Youth clubs are not just about pool tables and computer games, they should offer a safe modern environment where the kids feel a sense of ownership which is what the new centre will offer. It will be a valuable resource for young people helping them on life's journey to be young responsible adults but in a relaxed fun way.You only get one chance to help young people mature into good citizens, hopefully with this new centre we can give them that chance.”
A design concept for a much-anticipated new youth facility was given the seal of approval, subject to planning permission, by Town Councillors at a Full Council meeting held last week. In 2019, Littlehampton Town Council and Arun District Council began discussions to replace the existing Keystone Centre, Eldon Way, Wick, with a brand-new youth centre.
A feasibility study resulted in great ideas for the build of a new youth centre, available for the whole community, on the site opposite the current centre.
The meeting was chaired by Town Mayor Councillor David Chace who said: “Littlehampton Town Council is proud to be spearheading this project and to work in partnership with other organisations such as Arun District Council, the Keystone Management Committee and Arun Youth Projects to ensure that the design is suitable for use and brings a much needed improvement to the area.” The Mayor in his capacity as Chair of the Town Council’s Property and Personnel Committee will be taking the project forward.
Littlehampton Town Council is the main funder for this project and is using monies from the Morrisons Supermarket and Kingley Gate developments and Arun District Council to deliver the building. Landowners, Arun District Council, are exploring ways to improve the outdoor facilities.
Chair of the Community Resources Committee, Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper added: “This is a very exciting project as not only will it provide a fully inclusive and accessible facility for young people but also serve as an invaluable community asset. The Town Council is keen for the building to be environmentally friendly and in addition to installing solar panels it is also looking at other sustainable ways to run the centre.”
Heyler Davies Architects have been appointed as principal architects to complete the project. The outline design concept produced by Heyler Davies Architects is innovative and envisages a two-storey building with a footprint of approximately 431m2, that contains a large flexible interior hall space, provision for small meeting rooms, a kitchen, and associated facilities. Parking will be positioned at the entrance to the building and there is space at the rear for outdoor facilities.
The next phase of work will see the preparation of the formal plans and documents required for a planning application, which is expected to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority in September. The concept design can be viewed here.