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Kate Dickson launches new petition to 'Save theKenilworthCentre'

December 14, 2015 10:52 AM

For the second time in less than five years, the Liberal Democrats are leading the fight to save youth and community services in Kenilworth from savage budget cuts by Conservative councillors.

In 2011, Warwickshire's ruling Tories cut all county funding for youth and community services in our town. Local Lib Dems, led by Cllrs John Whitehouse and Ann Blacklock, helped to raise a huge petition which forced a rethink. The outcome was theKenilworthCentre charity, which took over the premises in Abbey End Car Park in 2012, and which has taken the provision of youth and community services in the town from strength to strength over the last 3½ years.

Now, the ruling 16-strong Conservative group on Kenilworth Town Council has voted to cut all committed funding for theKenilworthCentre after March 2016. They have ditched a previous proposal to phase out this funding progressively over a 2 year period. They seem determined to kill off theKenilworthCentre, for reasons which they are not prepared to make public.

This cut was NOT a manifesto commitment when they were elected just seven months ago, when they said they wanted 'to see continued investment in local facilities'.

Kate Dickson

Kate Dickson

Cllr Kate Dickson, the only Lib Dem member of the Town Council, is leading the fight to force Kenilworth's ruling Tories to think again! Kate says:

"I was ashamed of my fellow town councillors at our meeting on 10th December. They totally ignored a petition signed by 881 people in record time, and an impassioned plea from Rev Andrew Attwood for them to think again. They even reneged on a previous proposal to phase out funding of theKenilworthCentre over a two year period, which would at least have given the charity some time to secure the significant new income it will need to find in order to survive.

"I find it hard to express in words how angry I am about all this. I know that many of you are too!"

If you want to support Kate Dickson in her fight to persuade the rest of the Town Council to reverse their decision to cut off all fixed funding of theKenilworthCentre, please add your name to her new petition by following this link: http://goo.gl/v7BC1b

If enough people are prepared to speak up, the Council will be forced to listen!