Don Valley’s MP Caroline Flint was one of over 250 people who visited the exhibition by Kingswood this week to unveil their plans for a new educational activity centre for young people on the former Earth Centre site.
Ms Flint, who had previously met with Kingswood to discuss their plans, said: “Kingswood has a national reputation for its work with schools and young people, and many people hoped this site could have an educational use, so the reaction of residents I spoke to was very positive.”
PICTURES SHOW: Caroline and John Gilbert, Kingswood Chief Executive, discuss the plans.
“Kingswood seems very happy that they have a great site to develop. They will be keeping the existing buildings, extending the existing café and trying to make use of the environmental technologies work wherever this is possible.
“The plans for accommodation for 800 young people gives an idea of the scale and popularity of their centres, which explains why there will be 200 jobs created. I am excited that Kingswood’s centres operate 12 months of the year, so the employment isn’t seasonal.”
PICTURE: Caroline with Kingswood activity leaders, (l to r) James Hanson, Bernadette Hunt and Fiona Royles.