ThePort Youth Group Looks Forward

A planning application for a new youth centre in Littleport has been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council.
The document has been drawn up by chartered architect Andrew Fleet.
One of the main points it makes says: “The Port Youth Group is an all-inclusive youth group run by volunteers and funded completely by grants. At present the group meets in a small room to the rear of the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, which they have totally outgrown.”
If given the go-ahead by East Cambridgeshire planners, it will become a dedicated centre for young people and hub for the wider community.
The application submitted by Littleport Parish Council outlines a modern building on a 0.6-acre site on land east of 29 Cornfield Lane.
Proposed plans show an entrance lobby, a café area and tea bar, a large community hall, an office and toilet facilities.
Grant funding has been obtained to finance the project.

A design and access statement submitted alongside the application states that Littleport has a slightly higher than average number of residents aged 0-19 than the rest of East Cambridgeshire.
It also says that as the town is growing, a key priority is to expand the range of shops, eateries and other facilities on offer for young people.
Primary organiser of ThePort, Joanne Coe, says: “We are very much looking forward to being allowed to open ThePort hopefully in the not-too-distant future… The plans for the new Community Centre are now with the ECDC. We hope to enhance options for not only youths but the wider community, offering space both indoors and out along with events and activities throughout the days and evenings. We can only thank the huge efforts of the Parish Council for applying for the funding for this building to be possible.”

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