Gloucestershire Gazette Comment: Youth centre will prove to be a boost for area
RELIEF must be the main thought running through the minds of all the people who have worked very hard to see their dream of a new Dursley Youth Centre realised.
Obviously they are not there yet but succeeding in getting planning permission is a massive step forward.
Anyone who has stepped into the world of planning regulations knows how exasperating the experience can be and the many pitfalls that can appear before you.
None more so than the youth centre’s working group which saw the application initially delayed and, if a solution could not be found, may have seen the idea thrown out before it had even started.
But it was great news to hear that Stroud District Council eventually saw the light and realised the minor harm to a part of the building’s heritage was a small price to pay for the benefits that a youth centre could bring to the area.
The effect that improved facilities for children, especially those that can be considered young adults, can bring should not be underestimated.
It is not simply a case of "getting the kids off the street" but encouraging social skills and a healthier lifestyle, as well as boosting confidence.
Learning these essential skills at an early age pays huge dividends for children’s welfare and their ability to progress into adulthood, something that is regularly overlooked at schools.
While there is still a long way to go, we can maybe now start seeing the exciting stages of the Manse building transform into a youth hub.
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