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17th February 2010 TUDORVILLE RESIDENTS IN BID TO SAVE YOUTH CENTRE
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Tudorville Residents Association called an emergency meeting at the weekend, looking for support for their bid to save Tudorville Youth Centre, which is under threat of closure and ultimately, demolition if agreement on the building's future can't be made before the end of March.

The Association's plan for the building, given the necessary funding, is to turn it into a Community Centre to service Tudorville and the surrounding area. A consultation with Herefordshire Council revealed that it is possible for an asset transfer involving a contract, rather than a lease to take place, however, the Association will need to prove a strong, credible committee and a sound business plan.

Volunteer workers are needed to help with repairs and painting etc. along with a team to take care of the day to day running of the centre and those willing to take on the cleaning, until such time as the committee can afford to pay cleaners. It is hoped that hiring the centre out to clubs and organizations will bring in enough revenue to steadily refurbish the building, which is still currently used by a boxing club.

Time is crucial, and Chair of Tudorville Residents Association, Mr. Colin Gray would like to hear as soon as possible from anybody who can spare a few hours per week to help.

The Tudorville Youth Centre crisis came about when, after an inspection of the premises, Herefordshire Council's Childrens' Directorate had concluded that the building was no longer fit for purpose as a youth centre and that the cost of necessary repairs, amounting to 220,000, and the running costs were far too high. The council have no wish to see the centre demolished, but simply cannot afford to keep it.

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards attended Saturday's well attended meeting in his capacity as Chair of Ross Sports and Leisure Federation. He said that more sporting and leisure facilities are needed in Ross-on-Wye and, as Mayor, he was also concerned about the loss of this facility to the local community. Mr. Anthony Lowther, who is also part of the Ross Sports and Leisure Federation addressed the meeting, explaining what had been achieved at Whitchurch Village Hall and the things that are possible with the full support of the community.

In response to the finding of the Childrens' Directorate, Tudorville Residents Association sprang into action in 2009 and appointed an architect to draw up plans for modernization, which in theory would present no planning problems. They also approached Herefordshire Housing about the possible extension of parking facilities, and it would appear that this would also not be a problem. So, it is up to the residents of Tudorville and the surrounding area to 'use it or lose it.' If anybody can help the association in any way to save the youth centre and turn it into a centre for the whole community, please contact Colin Gray as soon as possible.


Anthony Lowther addressing Saturday's public meeting in the building - currently, Tudorville Youth Centre.

Saturday's public meeting.

Chairman of Tudorville Residents' association - Colin Gray, Mayor - Councillor John Edwards and Anthony Lowther outside the building.

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