Local Labour MP Alex Cunningham has today welcomed the Government’s decision to confirm the funding for the MyPlace youth centre which will sit alongside the new North Shore Health Academy on Norton Road, Stockton.
Alex intervened after being told by a government Minister that the Big Lottery funding was being withdrawn because it wouldn’t be built within the permitted timescales.
“I met with Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Young Families back in May to highlight the importance of this project to the local community – and stressed that any delay was to ensure the building work could be done at the same time as the new Academy thereby delivering much better value for money.
“The Department for Education have since reconsidered the facts and recognised the hard work put in by all those involved with the project, including young people who are intrinsic to its development and future.
“This change of mind is great news and we can now look forward to a 21st century building and services to provide vital support and services to all young people and particularly those who need it most.”