CAMPAIGNERS stepped up their efforts to save Ilkeston’s Cantelupe Centre youth club on Saturday by protesting against cuts to the county’s youth service on Ilkeston Market Place.
Members of the youth club spoke to shoppers and collected signatures for their petition against the centre’s closure.
More than 500 members of the public signed the petition in the three hours campaigners spent in the town centre.
Liz Potter, one of the protest organisers, said: “We were thrilled with the support shown by shoppers and members of the public.
“The youth club members spent time chatting with people and talking to them about the closure and the cuts and gathered their support.
“They were really happy with how it went.
“The 500 names collected added to the online petition, comments from the Facebook page and other petition sheets still being signed means there is a really strong case that the council won’t be able to ignore.
“The club is such a massive part of so many young people’s lives and Ilkeston should not be without it.”
A lot of the youth club’s members have special needs and learning difficulties and have said that without the youth club they will have nowhere to go and lose vital support.
The council has been holding consultation meetings throughout Derbyshire over the past few weeks.
Campaigners and council staff met last night at the Ilkeston Ormiston Academy. See next week’s paper for for more.