Eastleigh new Youth centre ‘Energy’ finally opened today following delays and controversy the town’s Mayor John Caldwell and Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne the Secretary of State for ENERGY cut the tape to officially open the facility that has cost £680,000 to refurbish after many years of service as the Leigh Ballroom.
Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Hampshire County Council Children’s Services have worked together to transform the town centre site into a much needed youth facility for 11 -25 year olds.
A large amount of money has been on equipping the centre – pride of place is the expertly soundproofed and kitted out recording studio complete with a full drum kit and a selection of AKG mics running on an iMac.
Other facilities will include a refreshment area, a space to meet and socialise with friends, pool table, together with meeting/interview rooms and an Internet area -there is even a chill out area with subdued lighting, bean bags and a widescreen TV and sound system.
Onsite services will include a drop in centre to offer information such as careers advice and counselling.
Chris Huhne, who enjoyed a quick workout on the drum kit, described the former drill hall as a ‘fantastic facility’ and a “tremendous addition to the town” adding:
“Young people in Eastleigh Town are going to enjoy coming here. I feel it’s going to be a real success with lots of things here to do and use”
Local young people Ashlyn 18, Steph 19, Lee 16, Ethan 16 and Micheala 18 who will be attending ENERGY Youth Centre said :
” Energy is quality, fun, friendly, inviting and gives us somewhere to meet new friends and helps to bring ‘Young People’ together.”