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Save Kenilworth Youth Centre

January 13, 2011 2:46 PM

The budget put forward by Warwickshire's ruling Conservatives will cut all county funding for Kenilworth's Youth & Community Centre (KY&CC) in Abbey End, and threatens its very future.

County councillor John Whitehouse (Lib Dem, Kenilworth Abbey), as chair of the KY&CC management committee, is working urgently with other committee members to find a way to sustain the Centre as an independently-run organisation. It is vital to win enough time for such a plan to be implemented, and also to persuade the council not to cut off all funds. He says: "We are trying to save a wonderful community asset. As well as its excellent work of providing positive activities for young people and helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in our town, many community groups use our facilities here."

Cllrs Ann Blacklock & John Whitehouse are fighting to save our local Youth Centre from closure

District councillor Ann Blacklock (Lib Dem, Kenilworth Abbey), also a member of the KY&CC management committee, is involved heavily in the local campaign to raise public awareness of the threat to the Centre. She and others are promoting a county-wide petition asking the Conservative administration to withdraw current proposals and think again about a sustainable future for youth services across the county.

The petition is targeting a minimum of 5,000 signatures by the end of January, which will then trigger a full debate by the County Council at its meeting on 15th February, before any final decisions on the budget are made.

Please sign the county-wide petition asking the Conservative administration to "Withdraw proposal to cease the whole of the Youth Service in Warwickshire".

Find it on the WCC E-petitions web site at:


Or contact Cllr Ann Blacklock on 01926 853740 for details of where you can sign a paper copy of the petition.