OnSide Youth Zone Grimsby – online consultation

Deadline for feedback: 5pm, Wednesday 3rd June

OnSide Youth Zone Grimsby – online consultation

The following information relates to proposals by national charity, OnSide Youth Zones, for a new, state-of-the-art Youth Zone in Grimsby – on the West Haven Maltings and Migar House site on Garth Lane.

Prior to the submission of a planning application to North East Lincolnshire Council, OnSide will be consulting on our plans with stakeholders and the local community.  Due to COVID-19 we are conducting this consultation online via the OnSide Youth Zones web page


with specific details about the design proposals.  The proposals will be published from 27th May to 3rd June 2020 (5pm) to allow local residents, community organisations and businesses to view the proposals and comment on them.

Grimsby Youth Zone is a centre for young people but one that the whole community can be proud of.  It will provide high-quality sports, arts and general recreational facilities for thousands of local youngsters in a safe and secure environment. The centre is based on the award-winning OnSide Youth Zone network of facilities across the country which are used by thousands of young people every week.

The Youth Zone is designed to respond to the clear, ongoing demand from young people, parents and wider communities for more and better places for young people to go in their leisure time. 

The proposals include:

  • a 4-court indoor sports hall
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • a fully equipped fitness gym
  • a performing arts studio
  • music suite with instruments and recording equipment
  • a boxing and martial arts gym
  • a large open plan recreation area
  • project rooms, including arts, crafts and fashion
  • film and multi-media facilities
  • a teaching/mentoring kitchen
  • a café serving hot nutritious meals costing no more than £1
  • a lit outdoor skate park
  • multi-use games area/kick pitch with flood lights
  • a breakout room to include activities such as employability workshops, general and gender specific health/youth issue topics/projects and youth participation

The Youth Zone will also create a wide range of employment opportunities. The scheme will create up to 15 full time and circa 40 part-time employment opportunities for local people and generate a minimum of 100 volunteering opportunities.

Grimsby Youth Zone will be open whenever local schools are closed: seven days a week, all day Saturday & Sunday and all-day during school holidays.  Entry fees will be only 50p for a typical four-hour session, with a wide range of leisure, sporting, artistic and cultural activities available.

Youth Zones are designed to give young people aged 8–19 years old, or up to 25 for those with additional needs, Somewhere to go, Something to do and Someone to talk to – occupying their bodies and minds with engaging activities, helping them develop new skills and socialise in a safe, positive and accessible environment.

More than 50,000 members make around 600,000 visits to Youth Zones every year.

The iconic, inspiring buildings house high quality services and facilities open to all young people.  Located in neutral spaces, they are a safe, non-threatening environment to spend time with friends, enjoy a nutritious hot meal, take part in group activities and learn from adult role models.

To young people, a Youth Zone is something truly their own. It is their place to escape the pressures of normal life and focus on their own development.  Youth Zones are packed with inspiring group and individual activities, overseen and supported by paid experts and an ‘army’ of volunteers.