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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.