February 5, 2011
County Council axe falls on two local youth clubs
youth groups in the Burnham area which are run by Somerset County
Council could be set to close, it has been announced this week.
Lympsham and Wedmore youth clubs are among 18 facilities which
the cash-strapped council is seeking to close or hand over to
the community to run.
The Conservative-run county council is cutting the budget for
youth services by about 75 per cent over three years.
John Osman, cabinet member responsible for children and young
people, (pictured) said the proposals would save £2.25m.
He said: "We are faced with tough choices to balance the
budget after a harsh government settlement. Reducing Somerset
County Council's youth services will have an impact on some young
people across the county."
"I am sure though that many of these centres will continue
to operate, and we are already in detailed talks with several
groups and partners keen to explore alternatives."
Of the 12 current county council owned youth centres, seven could
be handed over to community or voluntary groups to take over and
More than 30 other community based youth groups are currently
supported with the County Council, providing youth work staff
or finance but held in buildings such as village halls and community-owned
youth centres. Of these, 11 face closure although it is hoped
though that many of these will continue to operate through support