New Roundwood Centre gets go ahead

Brent Council has secured £5m funding for a new centre for young people in Harlesden.

The award of Big Lottery "myplace" funding to Brent Council will pay for a new, landmark Roundwood Centre in Longstone Avenue, to replace the current building. The council say it will provide a "safe and secure central hub for young people and make a significant contribution to the general regeneration of the local area".

Facilities, which have been designed in consultation with young people, include: an internet café, a performance space, dance and music studios, a sports hall, and a multi use games area.

Councillor Mary Arnold, Brent Council's lead member for Children and Families, said: "We are all absolutely delighted. This will be a fantastic resource for young people in and around Harlesden, Kensal Green and the rest of Brent and a triumph for our highly committed youth service and partners at large."

The £5 million grant was awarded in February 2009 but the project was put on hold because of the Public Spending Review. The Big Lottery Fund confirmed the grant this week.

The existing centre closes on 28 July. Youth activities have moved to the neighbouring former Anansi nursery building ahead of demolition and will be based there until completion of the new myplace Roundwood Centre in early summer, 2012.

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