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Residents set to decide the future of community centre

Published Thursday, 20 August 2020

City of York Council is to encourage residents and local organisations to have their say on the future of the 68 centre in Heworth, in a new consultation set to be agreed on 28 August.

The 68 Centre was originally built as a youth centre, but in recent years has become the home to Choose 2 Youth and a handful of community user groups. Now Choose 2 Youth are moving to a refurbished centre on Moor Lane, and other users have been relocated to other local venues after the 68 Centre was closed due to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Options will be presented at a Decision Session on Friday 28 August, setting out the process for consultation, the temporary use of the site and future options for the 68 Centre.

The proposed consultation is set to be as inclusive as possible and will involve delivered information leaflet/surveys, an online survey, resident drop in sessions and workshops aimed to develop ideas and feedback on options.

The Council has already committed to maintaining community use on the site, and so the proposed consultation is important to understand local need and views on what community provision is needed at the site.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said:

I’m delighted that local residents are set to decide the future of this local community asset. We have long standing commitment to maintaining the 68 Centre as a community space, and as such the Council is set to kickstart extensive further public consultation to shape and decide the future of this site.

“I know how many memories will have been made at the 68 centre over decades of its service to the local community, and I look forward to hearing more such stories over the coming months.

“Choose 2 Youth, previously the main user of 68 Centre, are set to provide great services to young people with learning and physical disabilities across the city at their new home at Moor Lane. This comes after significant Council investment in refurbishing the building, totalling £170K.”