Have your say on new Youth Zone for South Bristol

Consultation closes 17 October

Main image courtesy of Bristol City Council

People are being asked to have their say on the planned new “world class” Youth Zone for South Bristol which could be built in Knowle West.

Delivered across the UK by the charity OnSide, Youth Zones are a network of affordable, high quality, spaces specially designed for children and young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with a special education needs or disabilities (SEND).

They run inspiring group and individual activities, from football and climbing to DJing and drama – overseen and supported by paid experts and volunteers.

They also include employability and mentoring schemes and have dedicated youth workers who help young people to look after their mental health, developing the skills they need for the future.

The new Youth Zone will cost £8.4 million to build and be run in partnership with charity Youth Moves – based at The Park – and Bristol City Council.

One of the potential sites could be on green space between Inns Court, Hartcliffe Way and Airport Road.

The survey outlines the five key goals of the Youth Zone movement and asks whether you think there is a need for those things in your area, and if you think the Youth Zone will help achieve them.

Image Studio Duo. Courtesy of Youth Moves

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic the effects of isolation and social dislocation on our young people, especially those in more disadvantaged communities, is becoming more apparent.

“With a new South Bristol Youth Zone, we have an opportunity to shape and plan for a better future for our children and young people, and I would encourage people to have their say in what this will look like. This is an opportunity to have a world class facility that will bring benefits for years to come for all of Bristol’s children and young people.”

All the responses from the survey will be used to help develop proposals for the Youth Zone. There will be another opportunity to comment on more detailed plans as part of a ‘pre-planning application consultation’ later in the autumn.

The Youth Zone engagement survey closes Sunday 17 October 2021.

Visit the Bristol City Council website to find out more and comment on the South Bristol Youth Zone.

If you would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format, email: consultation@bristol.gov.uk