New reprieve bid for Bradford on Avon youth centre

New reprieve bid for Bradford on Avon youth centre

New reprieve bid for Bradford on Avon youth centre

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The closure of Bradford on Avon’s Youth Centre building next week has been halted, while Wiltshire Council carries out a property review of all its youth centres.

The centre, in Frome Road, was due to close its doors on Friday, August 15.

Now, although the youth club is no longer operating, other users, including Barnardos Short Breaks, Morphew School of Ballet and Age Concern, will be able to continue until the review is complete.

Representatives from the town council, Fitzmaurice Primary School governors, the area board, Youth Advisory Group, community groups and sports clubs gathered in St Margaret’s Hall last Thursday to discuss what they could do to prevent the closure.

The town council was so keen to keep the centre open it had even offered to find up to £500 and to be keyholders, to help make that happen.

The council now says it is still interested in keeping the building open long term, but will await the outcome of Wiltshire Council’s review.

Town councillor Laurie Brown said: “As soon as a building closes, in my experience it is not long before the boards go up, the grass grows and developers come along.

“We have to get together as a town and not let it close.”

Kevin Sweeney, a senior manager from Wiltshire Council’s integrated youth service, answered questions last week regarding the youth services and said: “If other people take responsibility of the building, the question is who is the person responsible for making sure the building is safe?”

Rosemary Brown, Wiltshire Councillor for Bradford on Avon North, said: “We have to make sure the boards do not go up in September.”

Fitzmaurice School’s governors have declared an interest in taking on the building.

Their chairman Shane McCracken said: “We care about the community. We can make use of the centre as well. We are growing and always in need of more space.

“I’m told the running costs are £20,000 a year. We would be looking to see how we could run it more efficiently.”

Jim Lynch, of the Bradford on Avon Community Area Network, said: “The transition has been grievously mishandled. I believe there is a lot to play for.”

Bradford Scouts, the U3A group and others are among those understood to be keen to see the centre kept open.

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6:06am Sun 10 Aug 14

politepanda says...

So - that's the way forward, eh? Cut services and close everything down. THEN - and only then - carry out a survey to investigate any other possibilities - but only if the public dare to ask wiltscon to account for their actions?
So - why DID wiltscon tell the kids that they would carry out an investigation prior to closure? Why did they inform the kids that they had to appear at the meetings to present their best case for requesting that the building remain open - when they had obviously already determined their (wiltscon) actions in the matter?
MORE of our taxes wasted in the pretence of open-handed democracy, and yet another confirmation to our young people that local politics is all about lip-service as far as they are concerned.
So - that's the way forward, eh? Cut services and close everything down. THEN - and only then - carry out a survey to investigate any other possibilities - but only if the public dare to ask wiltscon to account for their actions? So - why DID wiltscon tell the kids that they would carry out an investigation prior to closure? Why did they inform the kids that they had to appear at the meetings to present their best case for requesting that the building remain open - when they had obviously already determined their (wiltscon) actions in the matter? MORE of our taxes wasted in the pretence of open-handed democracy, and yet another confirmation to our young people that local politics is all about lip-service as far as they are concerned. politepanda
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4:57pm Sun 10 Aug 14

brandx says...

The closure has been halted. Is this true, or the latest piece of Wiltshire Council spin?

Or this basis, will Court Mills, Trowbridge will remain open and the Marlborough Youth Centre as well?

I somehow doubt it. Unless Wiltshire Council sells these and many other properties off, they are going be hard pushed to pay for all the community campuses they have promised. Still I am sure Councillors Laura Mayes and Jonathan Seed will come up with a good story.
The closure has been halted. Is this true, or the latest piece of Wiltshire Council spin? Or this basis, will Court Mills, Trowbridge will remain open and the Marlborough Youth Centre as well? I somehow doubt it. Unless Wiltshire Council sells these and many other properties off, they are going be hard pushed to pay for all the community campuses they have promised. Still I am sure Councillors Laura Mayes and Jonathan Seed will come up with a good story. brandx
  • Score: 3

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