Thursday, 24 June 2021

Youth centre to shut and be sold

HENLEY Youth Centre is to close and the site put up for sale.

The trustees say they can no longer afford the £45,000-a-year running costs and have found it difficult to attract volunteers.

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The centre and HOT Frog café will continue to run until the site in Deanfield Avenue is sold and income from the sale will be put towards youth projects in the town.

The Thamesfield Youth Association, which runs the centre, blamed Oxfordshire County Council’s decision in 2011 to withdraw the centre’s annual £25,000 grant. The council denied it was to blame.

Clive Wilkinson, chairman of trustees, said: “We have tried everything but we have no choice but to sell the site. Since the complete withdrawal of our funding by the county council we have found it increasingly difficult to attract volunteers and raise the amount of money needed each year to keep the centre open and staffed.

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