Revamped centre boasts improved children’s facilities

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WORK on a major project to improve facilities at a centre in Eastbourne for children and young people with disabilities has been completed.

As part of the £700,000 project to improve East Sussex County Council’s Sorrel Drive Children’s Resource Centre a new outdoor play area has been created along with better indoor play and outreach facilities.

The sensory room has also been modernised and other parts of the building have been refurbished, including a remodelled main entrance to provide ramped access.

The resource centre, which houses a residential unit rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, provides a range of support services for young people with disabilities.

Cllr Colin Belsey, the County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, said, “This grant has been put to really good use and I’m delighted with the difference it has made.

“It has created new play space and also hugely improved some of the inside areas.

“The centre is really important for families living with disabilities and the new facilities have been purpose built.

“That means they provide us with everything we need to ensure young people can benefit from their time here and have a safe and enjoyable time.”

The work has been carried out by contractors Morgan Sindall Plc. Julien Jones, area director from the company, said they were delighted to be working on the project. “We can see what an important service this centre provides in the local community and the modernised facilities will only improve the standard of care the children and young people receive,” he added. “The completed works look fantastic and will, no doubt, be enjoyed for years to come.”