Work on a new purpose built Youth Facility has started with the installation of track way at Carvers Playing field in Ringwood.

The new building which will be called ‘The Place’ will house all activities related to young people and provide a range of events and activities for young people to get involved with.

Funded by Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council and Ringwood Town Council the new building will cost £468,000 and take around 24 weeks to complete.

Mayor of Ringwood Councillor Barbara Woodifield said ‘This is the culmination of a long awaited project and has been made possible by working in partnership with other authorities. Worthy of special mention though are Councillors Roy Perry, Jeremy Heron and Steve Rippon-Swaine who have now brought the project to its penultimate completion’.

The building will be managed by a charity, which is to be set up locally, and will focus on youth support, including: teenage pregnancy, sexual health, drug awareness and providing educational and training support alongside fun events.

Youth Worker for Ringwood Town Council Mrs Jenny Critchlow said ‘It’s been a long time coming and I am sure that the young people will be glad to have somewhere to call their own, now comes the job of recruiting more volunteers to help out’.

Anyone interested in volunteer work at the new facility can contact the council.