The dazzling new Salmon youth centre opened in May, a palace to replace the old Victorian settlement that has nurtured Bermondsey\’s young people for generations. Tommy Steele used to come here, and he donated professional-quality lighting for the new performance space.
A magnificent sports hall, climbing wall, kitchen for cooking classes, office space for young people starting their own businesses, counselling rooms for those needing help, a music studio and an art room offer every kind of activity to the 1,700 young people coming here weekly. Labour\’s MyPlace programme has opened 12 of these youth centres with another 57 in the pipeline, lottery money already safely committed. The dream was for a palace for young people in every deprived area. Polls asking what would stop antisocial behaviour always put \”somewhere for young people to go\” at the top of voters\’ wish lists.
I hadn\’t realised we\’d got quite so Soviet to be honest…..