Saturday, July 02, 2005

Riverside Youth and Community Centre

After several years of uncertainty over its future, a community centre is preparing for a new era. The Riverside Youth and Community Centre is set to host an open day to show local people its facilities after recent refurbishments.

Members of the Riverside Community Association, which was set up two years ago to support the Bath and North East Somerset Council-run venue, are busy planning the day although a date has still to be made.

It is hoped the day will bring forward people who have never visited the centre, hidden behind the Porter Butt pub on London Road, and that they could bring fresh ideas for activities to be held there in the future.

Three years ago the centre lost out in a bid to become a Healthy Living Centre, which led residents and business people to join forces and the Riverside Community Association to try to promote the venue and safeguard its future.

The association was also established to show the council that people in the area were interested in the facility and determined not to lose it.

The council's youth service has now taken on the venue and a range of organisations use it, including the London Road Food Co-operative and Bath Toy Library.

Association chairman David Dixon, who is also the ward councillor, said: "I am pleased to see the centre being well used and to see youth provision back at the Riverside."

Gareth Jones, B&NES principal youth and community official, said: "We are looking to develop a lot of things at Riverside - maybe a music studio, or maybe we could take advantage of it being on the river bank."

For more information about the open day contact David Dixon on 462590 or 07900 974975.