A COMMUNITY leader in Winshill has said he will fight to retain high quality youth services in the area – despite the loss of the youth centre.
Councillor Conor Wileman, who represents Tower division for Staffordshire County Council, said he will ensure Winshill gets ‘a fair deal’ following swingeing cuts to services which were recently approved by the authority.
The change, which will see the council save several millions of pounds, will also lead to the closure of youth centres in Winshill and other parts of Burton, and significantly reduce the amount spent on youth services.
Councillors say a smaller amount of funding will be channelled into services where needed, and that voluntary groups will be able to fill the gaps left by traditional youth centres.
Councllor Wileman said: “My plan is to use the community centre already in the heart of Winshill so that voluntary groups providing provision for young people can operate out of that instead.
“I suspect using a community hub rather than a building that only has a limited amount of activities going on may increase the take up of youth provision. There are voluntary youth centres in Staffordshire operating fantastically and I don’t see why we can’t do that in Winshill.”
Winshill parish councillor Jim Muir, who was instrumental in setting up the centre many years ago, said he felt young people were being ‘let down’ by the council, and something had to be done.