A NEW multi-million pound hub to provide youth and community facilities for Bentley is beginning to take shape.
The building, which will include a cafe, dance, music and art room and a sports hall, is part of Doncaster Council’s £5 million myplace project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies visited The Gate House construction site for a topping out ceremony which marks the completion of the highest part of the building.
Work is on schedule ready for the grand opening this summer.
Mr Davies said: “It is good to see real progress being made and the building taking shape.
“In just a few months time, the new facility will be open and it will be a great addition to Bentley and Doncaster as a whole.
“It will provide the young people with a wonderful new place to go and it will be an asset all of the local community can tap into.
“With Bentley Park and its pavilion also set to be refurbished, the area really will offer something for everyone. These are exciting times for Bentley.”
The myplace project has encouraged young people to play an active role involving them every step of the way from designing the centres right through to helping to run the facilities once it opens.
Coun Marilyn Green, elected member for Bentley, said: ”This project has been ongoing for four years and it is a credit to our youngsters that they have continued to support it over this period and stuck with it through all the hard times when we weren’t sure it was to happen.” Don Valley Academy pupil Zoe Clegg added: “I feel it will be a better place to meet my friends to have fun. It is better than what we have in Bentley at the moment, a lot more space.
“There will be lots of activities and hopefully trips to go on. There will also be a classroom for students that are struggling.”
Another myplace centre is being built for children in Conisbrough and Denaby.
The latest news on the two centres and details of activities taking place for young people is on www.facebook.com/bentleywestendyc
Wildgoose Construction is building both sites.