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The cost of a ‘world class’ private sector Youth Zone in south Bristol is rising.
The capital cost of building this large shed for wealthy philanthropists to pose in on open space at Inns Court was originally £8.4m with Bristol City Council paying one half, £4.2m.
Now we learn that the council will be paying a further £3.275m to build the access road and to level the site.
Philanthropic charitable partner, Onside, meanwhile, will only have to pay £600k towards this.
In terms of running the zone, once opened in 2026, the Reverend’s cabinet has now committed £400k of the measly £1m budget for youth services from 2026. Two years after the Labour Party are likely to have lost power in Bristol.
There will be, therefore, 40 per cent less youth provision in an already stretched service elsewhere in the city from 2026.
Youth workers and services not aboard the Youth Zone gravy train are not impressed.