Plans approved for Rhys Jones Community Centre

A proposed community sports facility in memory of Rhys Jones, the 11-year-old schoolboy murdered as he returned home from football practice in 2007, has been approved by Liverpool City Council.

The centre was designed by Falconer Chester Hall architects as part of a group of companies who pledged their support to the Rhys Jones Memorial Fund campaign to help deliver the project.

The new building will be situated on a one acre site off Langley Close in the Croxteth Park housing estate where Rhys lived.

Adam Hall, managing director of Falconer Chester Hall, said: "It has been a privilege to work on this project and help provide a lasting memorial to Rhys Jones – one that will have considerable value to the local community in which he lived."

The scheme will provide changing facilities, two all-weather pitches, a kitchen and community room.

Hall added: "We have designed the building to be low maintenance and to respect the open aspect of the site."

Car parking for 16 cars will be provided next to the community building.

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