Bingham Youth Club marked for closure

Bingham Youth Club marked for closure

A youth centre in Bingham that provides activities for young people, has been marked for closure as part of the county council cuts.

The youth centre on The Banks is one of seven under threat through Labour controlled Nottinghamshire County Council’s plans to save £154million in its latest budget.

The centre opens its doors every week and runs five sessions during the week for youngsters aged ten to 19. The centre caters for everyone, it has a pool table, table football, table tennis, a television and games consoles, and a kitchen area where young people can volunteer to help out.

The county council is looking for volunteers to take over the running of the club but if that doesn’t happen, it will be closed.

Bingham’s Conservative county councillor, Martin Suthers, said the cut to funding was a severe blow.

“It is very disappointing because the Conservative administration was tasked with saving £180m and we were able to protect front-line services,” he said.

“We managed to get Bingham Young People’s Centre up from four nights to five despite the fact we had to make more savings than they have to make.”

It has come to a complete surprise after a study named Bingham as the best place in England and Wales to bring up a family.

“The reason Bingham did so well is because of exam results, childcare provision and a low crime rate, and at this precise moment, one of the things that makes it a great place to live is under threat,” Mr Suthers said.

“Because of the positive influence the youth service provides, it is a key factor in keeping anti-social behaviour down.”

The seven clubs across Nottinghamshire have been identified based on deprivation factors and the number of young people in each district.

The other centres at risk are in Balderton, Southwell, Arnold, Ruddington, Collingham and Winthorpe.

However, all but Arnold are in non-Labour areas.

John Peck, the council’s committee chairman for children’s and young people’s services, said the cuts were the most savage the authority had ever faced.

“We are proud of our youth services and are working around the clock to protect the youth service,” he said.

“We are doing everything in our power to be able to provide access, within the resources available to continue to provide the best value, high quality, enjoyable and positive activities for children and young people as we can.

“We are also committed to working and engaging with communities to increase support from the voluntary sector to maintain wider provision.”

A £760,000 project to move SureStart from its base in the Market Place to the old Bingham Library has not been affected by the cuts.

It was passed by the county council’s finance and property committee last week.

However, cuts to older people’s services could mean that the Moorlands Day Centre, Moor Lane, would be the only day centre for older people in Rushcliffe.

The county council started public consultation over its budget last week.

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