A fun open day was hosted at Ironville Youth Carriage for people to say how they think a £50,000 grant should be spent.
The cash has been awarded by SCAPE – a non-profit organisation which supports young people – following a successful bid by Derbyshire County Council (DCC)’s youth workers.
Ironville Youth Carriage is a converted railway coach that has been used for young people since 1998.
It is staffed part-time by authority youth workers and has outdoor activity areas, a pool table and some kitchen facilities.
But it has poor heating and insulation and limited space so council staff applied for funding in October last year to make improvements.
A council spokesman said: “The respondents expressed a wish for longer opening hours during school holidays, a new pool table and arts equipment, better heating and hot running water, and a kitchen.”
The consultation day took place on Wednesday, April 23, between 1pm and 3pm at the youth carriage, located off Deepdale, in Ironville. so people could look at outline proposals and give their views.
The fun day included activities for children and families hosted by Ironville Children’s Centre, and there were presentations and information from training providers.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, DCC’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Money is really tight with the budget cuts we’re facing so we’re doing everything we can to keep services and opportunities for youngsters going by whatever means are open to us.”
The council spokesman said that the next step would be to put together drawings of the improvements, design a schedule for the work to be completed and then apply for planning permission. The council would be approaching other organisations for money to improve the facilities.