A NEW purpose-built youth drop-in centre is planned for a Hampshire town – with access for youngsters with disabilities.

The proposed £340,000 project at Romsey Sports Centre came a step closer when Hampshire and Test Valley’s civic chiefs agreed to jointly fund the scheme which is expected to open by summer 2014.

When built, the centre, which will include an office-reception area, a kitchen, medical facilities and two community rooms, will replace the existing Youth in Romsey drop-in facility at 23 Bell Street.

Youth in Romsey’s manager Wendy Herbert said it will be a dream come true when the new building goes up and lots of 11 to 25-year-olds will be thrilled.

“I am absolutely delighted we are getting a purpose-built new home. It will have access for all young people including those with disabilities. At the moment we haven’t got disabled access, so it will make a huge difference,” she said.

Youth in Romsey is currently open Monday to Thursday between 11am and 5pm but from May it will open its doors on Fridays as well.

Test Valley Borough Council pays the rent for the Bell Street premises and Hampshire County Council the staff wages.

Romsey Town Council also gives a grant to Youth in Romsey towards running costs and the drop-in centre also receives some financial support from businesses in the town.