The battle for a community centre

A community group are without a meeting space after their local pub closed down.

The North Tupsley Action Group used the White House pub on Whittern Way as a base for their youth club, activities for older people and meetings. Now they are forced to use a resident’s garage because no other suitable space is provided locally.

In a letter to the Hereford Times several members of N-TAG said: “we think we should have a place on this estate where the young can have their youth club and the elderly their afternoon tea club.

“If we had the White House for our meetings and get togethers we are sure the residents of this estate, together with the N-TAG committee, would make this a better and safer place to live.”

Despite the large size of the north Tupsley/Whittern Way estate, the area lacks any real leisure facilities and a community centre is clearly needed.

Meanwhile, residents in Ross are fighting to save their local community centre from closure.

Herefordshire Council has said it no longer has a use for the Tudorville Youth Centre and plans to sell it. But residents say that it has a future as a locally-run community hall available to all age groups.

Tudorville Community Association has now put together a management committee to persuade the council to sell it to them for a nominal fee.

Centres like this form an important part of community life allowing various groups and societies to use them. The informal nature of local pubs as well helps create a sense of neighbourly kinship that is ever fading.

Too often councils get away with closing places like these down because they don’t make a profit and aren’t interested in seeing the real social benefit they give. These community spaces should be fought for and saved whenever they are under threat.

Facebook group: Save Tudorville Youth Centre

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