Upgraded youth-centre gives teenagers what they want

ALL CHANGE -- Coun Murphy cuts the ribbon at the re-launch of Interchange, flanked by Ann Whitham (left), and centre workers Dani Hawkridge and Ken Green -- DISPIC 11-0712-1.
ALL CHANGE -- Coun Murphy cuts the ribbon at the re-launch of Interchange, flanked by Ann Whitham (left), and centre workers Dani Hawkridge and Ken Green -- DISPIC 11-0712-1.

THE newly-upgraded Hucknall Young People’s Centre is now a recreational venue to be proud of, Notts County Council’s head of youth services, Chris Warren, has claimed.

He was speaking at the official re-opening of the centre, previously known as the Youth House and the Interchange, on Linby Road after a four-month closure period for the makeover to be carried out.

Mr Warren said the £150,000 cost had been funded by the youth service and youth offending scheme, making the centre “fit for purpose in 2011”.

Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of the county council, who took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, said: “The renovations show the council’s commitment to providing teenagers of Hucknall with better facilities.”

Improvements have included new windows and doors, a new kitchen and a change of entrance.

Double glazing has been provided to prevent noise disturbing nearby residents.

Buffet refreshments were laid on for the re-opening. The event was the swansong for long-serving centre youth workers Ann Whitham and Ken Green, who are to retire at the end of this month.