Bid to secure youth work base
COUNCIL leaders in Nailsea are asking for guarantees over the future availability of a youth base in the town – in an attempt to secure a permanent base for services for young people.
Nailsea Town Council has been running three weekly youth sessions at Youth House in the High Street for the last year.
The town council took over responsibility for youth services in the town – commissioning Youth Outreach to run them – after North Somerset Council withdrew its funding for the district's youth service last April.
But as the building is owned and run by North Somerset Council, which is facing making savings of £90 million over seven years, concerns have been raised about its long-term future.
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Town councillors said if it closed, it would force teenagers out onto the streets. They are planning to write to North Somerset to get a guarantee over the future of the building.
Nailsea Town Council clerk, Ian Morrell, said: "The youth services we commission are working well and we are keen for them to continue.
"But we do have concerns about the long term availability of the building itself. The council is now to approach North Somerset and ask for a formal agreement for the use of Youth House."