Somerset

Minehead's £3.2m extreme sports centre partially opens

Skateboard park at Minehead Eye
Image caption It is hoped the whole community will use the centre

A £3.2m extreme sports and youth centre in west Somerset has partially opened.

The ground floor of the Minehead Eye Youth and Community Centre has opened where BMX, skate boarding and inline skating sessions will be held.

The first floor of the centre on Mart Road will open next week. It features an IT suite, cafe and music rooms.

Manager Naomi Griffith said: "It's been a tough few months but we are thrilled the centre is open and young people can use our facilities in the holidays."

She added: "They have been waiting so long for a dedicated centre in west Somerset and it's so exciting to be able to finally deliver this."

Raine Holland-Smith, 15, was there to have a look around.

She said: "It's somewhere to go because there's nothing to do here, ever. We see everyone now."

Although a youth centre, it is hoped the whole community will use the facilities.

The project has been partially funded by the government's myplace programme and West Somerset District Council contributed £250,000.

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