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AXMINSTER:Concerns over future of youth club building

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A tenant of the Axminster Youth Centre building fears the premises could be boarded-up at the end of September. But Axminster county councillor Andrew Moulding says such a scenario is “very unlikely”. Debbie Humberstone runs The Project, which supports young people with mental health issues. The Project is based in the youth centre building , where members meet once a week. It is Devon County Council’s decision to close the youth club in its current format that has caused concern about the building.The aim is to replace the current youth club with what is known as a “community-led” club. Debbie said: “I’m told the youth service can take bookings on the building until the end of September. “But we have no idea what will happen after that. “I’m led to believe that if there is no viable alternative use, the building will be boarded-up at the end of September. The youth club will cease at the end of the month, and won’t reopen in September. “I don’t think they are going to keep the building open on the basis of us using it once a week.” But Councillor Moulding claims a misunderstanding has caused the concern, saying: “I think they (The Project) spoke to an officer who may have said that buildings would be boarded-up if there was no viable use. College use? “But in my view that is not the case in Axminster. We have had many expressions of interest. “At the very least I see it as a building to be used by the college. “The chance of the building being boarded-up is very unlikely.” When asked if an a community-led youth club replacement would open up in September after the school holidays, he said: “It won’t be done in five minutes, but we have expressions of interest from two parties.” Devon County Council is staging a Expressing a Community Interest in Taking Over an Asset or Service workshop on Friday July 18th. Any individual or organisation interested in attending should contact the council for more information.


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