Multimillion-pound OnSide Youth Zone in Parsloes Park approved

PUBLISHED: 17:09 19 September 2017

CGI of Barking and Dagenham's Youth Zone (Picture: Infinite 3D Ltd)

CGI of Barking and Dagenham's Youth Zone (Picture: Infinite 3D Ltd)

Infinite 3D Ltd

Plans to create a £6 million youth centre in Parsloes Park have been given the green light.

Barking and Dagenham Council and Greater London Authority approved the plans to create the capital’s first OnSide Youth Zone, which provides careers mentoring, sport and arts facilities to young people.

The centre at the corner of Dagenham’s Gale Street and Porters Avenue will offer more than 20 activities for youngsters aged eight to 19 – including football, climbing nail art and drama – and 25 for those with a disability.

Sessions at the centre, named ‘Future’ by local children last year, will cost 50p per visit and a fiver for an annual membership.

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This is welcome news for the borough and most especially our young people.

“Future will give our young people a place to meet friends, learn new things and be safe.”

Building work will begin later this year. Projects leaders say the Dagenham site will offer activities seven days a week when it opens in 2019.

The council will provide half the money for the project, with OnSide raising the remaining £3m from backers.

Funders include the Jack Petchey Foundation, which has invested £1.5m into the building, and the Queen’s Trust, which will provide £200,000 of the £1m revenue costs.

“I have a particular interest in the East End – I actually used to live where the new OnSide club will be,” said Sir Jack Petchey. “This is a great opportunity to ensure that young people are engaged in positive activities that raise their aspirations and enable them to achieve in life.”

More than 30,000 youngsters use OnSide’s nine facilities across the north of England and the Midlands. It says each Youth Zone is an independent charity with its own private sector-led board.

Charles Mindenhall, chair of the borough’s Youth Zone, said: “Youth Zones are remarkable places that change lives, offering young people a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time.

“So much hard work has gone towards getting us to this incredible milestone and everybody is extremely excited to see building work commence.”

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories


National League outfit beat young Hammers 2-1 on Friday


France marked their 20th anniversary since winning the World Cup by being crowned once again after sealing a 4-2 victory against Croatia.

A Dagenham mum is trying to raise £20,000 to make over Valence Park.


A Dagenham man has appeared in court charged with murdering his baby daughter in Euston.

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Yesterday, 10:47

West Ham have announced the club-record signing of midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

So, England finished fourth at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger hailed top duo Nick Morris and Richard Lawson as they helped the Hammers secure a comfortable home win over Sheffield on Friday night.


Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now