Centre is back in action after delay

Reporter:

Rhian Waller

THE long-awaited reopening of St Asaph youth centre will take place after a series of delays.


The refurbishment, which saw months of delays, will be marked by an official opening ceremony on Saturday at 2pm.


Jamie Groves, Denbighshire's Head of Leisure, Libraries and Community Development, said: “Even during these challenging times, we are committed to improving the facilities and services that we offer our young people and our communities.


“These improvements will give Youth Services more opportunity to develop their range of activities and be in a better position to host more community events aimed at young people.”


The youth centre now has better access to IT equipment, a new second floor meeting room and recreational area have been created and there is now better disabled access and an improved ventilation system is in place.


The refurbishment, which was funded by the Welsh Assembly and Denbighshire Council, was projected to have been finished last year.


A Denbighshire spokeswoman  said: “The project had some delays which came about because of the logistics of working on a school site. We had to be aware that we didn't cause any disruption to curriculum activities and in particular examinations.


“There were also longer lead times than we anticipated for specialist equipment such as the platform lift and a delay on the new window frames and glass. We also re-cladded the external walls of the building but unfortunately, severe wintry weather slowed the process down somewhat.”


News of the re-opening has been welcomed by town councillor Barbara Davies.
Cllr Davies said: “We are very pleased about it. It has been long awaited as there is little for the youth to do here. We are coming up to the summer holiday now and they need somewhere to be able to go. It's brilliant that its reopening and we will support them as best we can.”

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