THERE was unanimous support from Bexley councillors for ambitious plans for the new Youth Zone in Thamesmead.

The Trust Thamesmead project, to be funded through a £5m grant from the government’s myplace programme, will transform the arches underneath the Harrow Manorway flyover into a series of facilities for young people.

Interconnected pods will provide updated and expanded facilities for existing activities such as the Archway Project a motorbike scheme for young people, the cAve indoor climbing centre, the YMCA Sailing Project and Thamesmead Gym.

To this will be added the Thamesmead Youth Awareness Project which will include a recording studio and digital music suite, a performance space with 180 seats and a retractable stage and a reception area with cafe and offices and meeting room for use by other local groups.

Members of Bexley’s planning committee welcomed the project.

Councillor Cheryl Bacon said: “The zone will provide much needed facilities and diversions for young people which will be much more wholesome than what happens under some of the arches now.”