WINSHILL'S youth club has been scrapped despite a need in the community as 'something had to give', according to the area's county councillor.
Conor Wileman (pictured near right), who represents Tower Division for Staffordshire County Council, said he was aware there was a need for youth provision in Winshill, but it was not deemed a priority by the authority.
Speaking at the latest Winshill Parish Council meeting, he suggested that a new volunteer-led service should be set up in the area to cater for the young people cast adrift by massive cuts to youth services around the county.
He added: "Money is so tight in the county at this time that I don't think it's OK to pay for a place for people to meet. When we see a high demand for elderly care and more children needing places in schools than ever before, something has to give, and this is what has to give."
The youth club in Winshill – which regularly attracted 60 children per session – has been closed in a cost-cutting move by the county council as they say youth centres and youth services across the county are not used enough. The council says other services such as the Scouts and Burton Albion Community Trust would plug the gap, but Winshill representatives are not so sure.
Parish councillor Jim Muir said: "There are young people who don't want to be part of an organisation; they just want to be young people and get the support they can from youth services."
The consultation which led to cuts in youth services was conducted in three places – none of which were in Winshill. Councillors said it did not consider the locations where the need was highest.
"The demand has been demonstrated in Winshill. If they'd done a survey here they would have found young people want it," Councillor Dennis Fletcher (pictured above right) said.