• Devon County Council cabinet votes through youth centre cuts

    12th June 2014 | News | Claire
  • Sadly, Ottery’s youth centre will not survive in its current form and must rely on volunteers if it continues.  It is set to shut by September.

    Some young campaigners were there to hear the cabinet make its decision.

    Most opposition councillors, including me, welcomed the move that the council was not now going to close all its youth centres, instead retaining eight hubs across the county.

    However, many expressed concerns about how the young people currently attending youth centres in other places would manage to travel to the hub centres.

    I asked about the issue collection system and whether the council would still collect issues raised by young people, including from the volunteer groups, because this was helpful for service planning.

    East Devon’s youth hub will be in Exmouth.

    Youth campaigner, George Munn from Cullompton, had brought with him a number of plastic spectacles which he intended to hand out to the cabinet members, on the basis that they were making a “short-sighted decision.”

    However, when he came to this part of his presentation (he was asking a supplementary question) councillors confirmed that they had already received their spectacles in the post!

    Except Cllr Andrea Davis who was disappointed not to have received a pair.

    George got up solemnly and duly handed over a pair in the colour that Cllr Davis said she preferred.

    Here’s the webcast – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/118305

    Photograph: George Munn presenting to cabinet