A ‘CHILL-OUT’ space for teenagers, a coffee shop and a computer room should be provided as part of a new West Way community hub., residents say.

At a meeting between key community figures, developer Mace and architect Make, a wish list was drawn up for the new space.

A recently-released planning document guiding future development of the shopping centre included a community hub and promised to enhance what was offered to local people.

Small scale conference facilities and a large hall could also feature in the plans, set to be submitted later this year.

Botley councillor Debby Hallett, who was at the meeting, said the redevelopment was a great chance that needed to be grabbed with both hands.

She said: “This redevelopment presents Botley with a unique opportunity to design a community facility that works for everyone.

“Beyond the challenge to work together from our separate interests towards a common good, we might arrive at a modern shared space where local people can meet, socialise, perform and worship.

The Vale of White Horse District Council Liberal Democrat group leader said a facility for teenagers was something she would particularly like to see.

She said: “One particular lack we have right now is anything for teens.

“The reps from North Hinksey Youth Club tell us teens need a place to chill out, hang out with their friends, watch telly or play video games.

“I hope a new community centre will provide a space they can call their own.”

Last month’s meeting featured councillors, West Way Community Concern and representatives from current community spaces Seacourt Hall, Botley Library, St Peter and St Paul Church and Botley Baptist Church, as well as the youth club.

The wish list, which also includes an art space, a function room and a kitchen, will be used by Mace to put its second set of West Way plans together.

The developer was part of the controversial £100m Doric scheme which was rejected following strong local opposition. It has promised to put forward smaller scale plans with the help of local consultation.

West Way Community Concern chairman Chris Church said: “We have put forward a lot of good ideas to deliver a community centre that is fit for the 21st century.

“We should make the most of it while Mace are listening and make sure we know what our absolute priorities are.”

Today, residents have a chance to quiz Vale council staff on the new supplementary planning document, between 10am and noon in the vacant West Way unit next to Co-operative Travel.

Plans are expected to go before the public in October with a formal application submitted before the end of the year.