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Award of £3.9m for youth schemes

Funding of £3.9m to create two youth centres has been secured by Shropshire County Council.

A youth centre at Oak Street, Oswestry, will be rebuilt and a site in Shrewsbury established under the plans.

The grant was secured from a Department for Children, Schools and Families scheme run by the Big Lottery Fund.

The council said it will develop a more detailed plan during the next six months and work will start when this has been approved.

Range of activities

A site has not yet been decided for the proposed Shrewsbury centre which will include a chill-out room with a coffee bar and internet café, performance space with a stage area and a production facility.

The new Oswestry centre will include IT facilities, a coffee bar, kitchen, multi-media suite and dance room.

A full range of activities would be provided across both sites including drama, dance, multi-media production, arts and crafts, the council said.

Both centres would also provide spaces for a "one-stop shop" for information and guidance.

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