County’s cuts set to shut East Lancashire youth clubs

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘LEANER AND FITTER’ Coun Geoff Driver ‘LEANER AND FITTER’ Coun Geoff Driver

SEVERAL youth clubs look set to close and almost 70 jobs will be lost as part of a major shake-up of the county’s provision for children and young adults.

County Hall bosses say £8.4m must be found as part of the £179m cuts programme over the next three years.

Council chiefs said the focus would now be on 13 to 19-year-olds and both high-density and deprived areas.

But critics have slammed the ‘secrecy’ behind a decision to withdraw from six youth centres and two information centres in East Lancashire, amid the loss of 67 senior youth worker and two management posts countywide.

Hours will be reduced at 11 further locations as part of the programme.

West Craven borough councillor David Whipp said: “These decisions were taken days after the local elections, instead of beforehand.

"So much for open government and transparency. It’s a cynical manipulation of the system.”

Coun Misfar Hassan, Burnley Central East member, added: “Such measures could cause an escalation in anti-social behaviour in already deprived communities.”

Youth centres at Earby, Barrowford, Burnley Boys’ Club, and other bases in Gannow and Belmont, and Crawshawbooth and Whitewell Bottom in Rossendale, will close unless other funding can be found.

Planned reductions in sessions have been announced for Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-le-Moors, Huncoat, Colne, Barnoldswick, Brierfield, Padiham, Brunshaw, in Burnley, Haslingden, and Whitworth.

The opening hours for remaining info centres in Accrington, Burnley, and Bacup, will also be reduced as part of the plans.

Leader Coun Geoff Driver said: “I am confident the changes will lead to a leaner, fitter service that is better able to respond to the needs and expectations of young people in the county.”

The main base for East Lancashire will be at Accrington’s New Era Centre, with a satellite centre at the new Bradley Youth Hub, in Nelson.

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10:11am Tue 24 May 11

carrman2 says...

Typical Tory cutbacks hit the young people Our future leaders ,The tories have never cared, They only think about Lining thier own Pockets
Typical Tory cutbacks hit the young people Our future leaders ,The tories have never cared, They only think about Lining thier own Pockets carrman2

10:12am Tue 24 May 11

sandylovesluey says...

Well what a surprise Nelson is not closing.
Well what a surprise Nelson is not closing. sandylovesluey

1:32pm Tue 24 May 11

Hornbys says...

Thatcher, thatcher, milk snatcher
Thatcher, thatcher, milk snatcher Hornbys

2:02pm Tue 24 May 11

mark anthony says...

LOOKS LIKE ILLEAGLE RAVES WILL BE ON THE UP
LOOKS LIKE ILLEAGLE RAVES WILL BE ON THE UP mark anthony

3:48pm Tue 24 May 11

BuckoTheMoose says...

Close them all. It's not the job of the council to find things for peoples idiot spawn to do.
Close them all. It's not the job of the council to find things for peoples idiot spawn to do. BuckoTheMoose

5:15pm Tue 24 May 11

Noiticer says...

What a shortsighted and retrograde step. No doubt youth nuisance and crime will increase as a result.
What a shortsighted and retrograde step. No doubt youth nuisance and crime will increase as a result. Noiticer

9:47am Wed 25 May 11

Markr says...

Theyve got to make cut backs to fund overseas aid and the thousands spent on making around the college look good by laying new block paving, come on guys that doesnt come cheap.
More interested in looking good than being good.
Theyve got to make cut backs to fund overseas aid and the thousands spent on making around the college look good by laying new block paving, come on guys that doesnt come cheap. More interested in looking good than being good. Markr

5:27pm Thu 26 May 11

cazbly says...

Youth groups including Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts play a valuable part in the education of young people - it is essential these centres are protected.
Youth groups including Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts play a valuable part in the education of young people - it is essential these centres are protected. cazbly

1:17am Fri 27 May 11

BIGGLESTOE says...

The youth of today can entertain themselves without youth clubs, and all they need is a few cans of Extra special skank cider, a spliff or two, an half charlie ( half-brick) and a street full of Chuckied up (Heavily/sometimes overly financed) shiny cars! Been there heard it but didnt see it and had it done, not nice. Was informed that one of the whippersnappers is a coppers pride & joy! Bless huuum.
The youth of today can entertain themselves without youth clubs, and all they need is a few cans of Extra special skank cider, a spliff or two, an half charlie ( half-brick) and a street full of Chuckied up (Heavily/sometimes overly financed) shiny cars! Been there heard it but didnt see it and had it done, not nice. Was informed that one of the whippersnappers is a coppers pride & joy! Bless huuum. BIGGLESTOE

11:23pm Fri 27 May 11

nogger says...

Very strange. £6 million being spent on YouthZone in Blackburn according to a report in the Guardian, with £5 million from central government admittedly, but everyone else gets cuts. Maybe they should spread these funds around a bit more?
Very strange. £6 million being spent on YouthZone in Blackburn according to a report in the Guardian, with £5 million from central government admittedly, but everyone else gets cuts. Maybe they should spread these funds around a bit more? nogger

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