Cadbury Heath Youth Centre: Future hangs in the balance
Community leaders in Cadbury Heath will be meeting this week as the future of the local Youth Centre, which is used extensively by young people in the area, remains far from certain.
The original Youth Centre and the grounds which surround it were originally opened by the Duchess of Beaufort just over 67 years ago on the 19th January 1946. Today, South Gloucestershire Council require the building and the grounds to fund future projects in Cadbury Heath including a Community Centre, although the Council will have to find a buyer for the grounds before any future projects can commence. This clearly suggests that the Youth Centre will not have a home for a significant period of time.
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In addition, as decided by South Gloucestershire Council on the 5thDecember, the Youth Centre will only open for 2 days a week with young people now being declined a safe place to go to during much of the week. The decision by South Gloucestershire also meant youth workers having to find alternative jobs or face redundancy.
It is understood that third party providers of a youth service in Cadbury Heath are being sought but without a future building, the loss of trained staff and uncertainty about funding, means that with so many risks, running the Youth Centre is currently considered as being unattractive.
The meeting this week will include representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, Oldland Parish Council and Cadbury Heath Youth Club Support Group.