Richmond’s Liberal Democrat-run Council is investing nearly £7m to bring much-needed new youth and community facilities to Ham, as part of the Ham Close regeneration scheme. This is all part of the Richmond Liberal Democrats commitment to Richmond.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“The Liberal Democrats made a commitment to invest in strong communities and young peoples’ futures; that is what the redevelopment will accomplish. It’s not just about creating quality new homes for our residents, it’s also about building a strong, diverse and vibrant community in Ham. It was smart, strategic investment by the Richmond Liberal Democrats that made this possible.”
The new Community Centre will replace the existing Ham Youth Centre. Achieving for Children will manage the facility and will offer tuition and an alternative curriculum programme for school students who are struggling with mainstream education during the day and then youth club activities after 3pm.
The Liberal Democrats have always advocated for improving and expanding youth spaces designed to allow young residents to develop skills which will last them a lifetime.
Liberal Democratic Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Council’s Childrens and Education Services Committee, commented:
“When Cllr Gareth Richards and I are out listening to residents we hear numerous Ham residents talk about the need to bring services into the heart of our community. As Liberal Democrats, it’s incredibly important to us to invest in a strong community. This centre will improve outcomes for all young people in the area, it will make our community safer, and ensure Ham continues to thrive for generations.”
The Liberal Democrats have also ensured that the centre will be available for the wider community to enjoy as well through a planned programme. Residents will have the option to hire spaces and meeting rooms to be used for community events.