an Ironville youth club housed in a railway carriage says it faces the end of the line once Tory cuts to the county’s youth services take hold.
Derbyshire County Council (DCC) pay £2,768 a year rent for The Nite Train, which was founded 14 years ago to replace a club that had been running since the 1970s.
Now the founders of the club fear funding will be withdrawn once a ten-week consulatation period about the future of the services finishes on March 19.
Pam Cope, 68, a trustee of the Ironville Community Association, helped found the club with parish councillor Hilda Brailsford MBE. She said: “I think it’s disgusting. They’re cutting the most vulnerable. It’s important. It’s the next generation coming up. I don’t think DCC know what they’re doing.”
The Conservative-run council wants to close 29 youth centres, with more than 150 youth workers at risk of losing their jobs, and is planning to offer grants to voluntary and community groups to provide youth activities instead of providing them itself.
Among the youth centres facing closure are The Polygon Centre in Alfreton and Somercotes Youth Club.
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Our consultation into the future of youth activities in Derbyshire is on-going and no decisions will be taken on any changes until it ends on March 18. Provision at Ironville will be considered along with what is provided across the county and we want to hear from as many people as possible, particularly young people themselves.”
Three staff are currently attached to the Ironville project which provides six hours of activities per week.
Between 30 or 40 youngsters aged between 11 and 19 regularly use the club’s facilities, which include computers, a pool table and an all-weather pitch where three part-time workers run football and basketball games.
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