U-turn on proposed youth club closures

NILABE120225a2, Members of local youth clubs protest on Ilkeston market place over youth centre closures.

NILABE120225a2, Members of local youth clubs protest on Ilkeston market place over youth centre closures.

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Youth clubs are set to stay open and centre workers’ jobs have been secured after a u-turn by Derbyshire County Council.

The announcement came after feedback gained through a public consultation showed the public’s strength of feeling towards the proposed changes which would have seen Ilkeston’s Cantelupe Youth Centre closed.

Cllr Barry Lewis, cabinet member for young people said: “We’re planning the biggest transformation of youth services for over 30 years to offer modern and improved quality services across the county.

“Young people have told us what they want and we’ve listened, so in future activities will be offered at weekend and school holidays, as well as during the week.

“We don’t have any plans to make redundancies – staff will be offered new contracts .”

Liz Potter, from campaign group, Derbyshire Anti-Cuts , said: “We welcome the fact that the report recommends that councillors take into account the strong opposition to the original proposals from the public and we hope they are aware of the very strong message that there should be no reduction in the level of council youth service provision and no closure of youth service buildings or youth worker job losses.”

Youth services cost the council more than £10m a year.