John Whitehouse

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Youth Service Petition Gets Massive Support

by John Whitehouse on 19 January, 2011

Dozens of young people from the Lillington and Campion youth centres in Leamington came to last night’s meeting of Warwickshire County Council’s Warwick Area Committee, to see and hear their spokesperson Becky present a 1600-signature petition to the Council. The petition calls on the Council to minimise planned budget cuts to the youth service, and prevent youth centres from closing.

16-year old Becky spoke eloquently of the impact her youth centre had made on her life, and the benefits she derived from it. She really brought home the point that youth clubs are about far more than ping pong!!

All councillors who spoke professed their support for the youth service, even those Conservative councillors whose leaders have proposed the massive budget cuts in the first place! I hope that they will have the courage of their convictions when it comes to the budget vote next month …..

I spoke about Kenilworth Youth & Community Centre, and its key role for young people and indeed the whole community in our town. I read out a testimonial from our local police inspector, commending the work of the centre in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

I also referred to the county-wide petition which young people are promoting in Kenilworth and across Warwickshire, which is targeting the 5,000 signatures needed to force a similar debate at the next Full Council meeting on 15th February, ahead of the budget decisions being taken. The latest news on this is that total signatures are approaching 3,000, so still some way to go in order to meet the target before the end of January. Young people will be out collecting signatures in Kenilworth town centre this Saturday.

The county-wide petition is at:

http://democratic.warwickshire.gov.uk/cmis5/EPetitions/tabid/90/ID/20/Withdraw-proposal-to-cease-the-whole-of-the-Youth-Service-in-Warwickshire.aspx

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