Friday, 29 July 2011

Thinking outside the Box

As Hampshire Tories confirm swingeing cuts in youth services, The Box Youth Centre in Wildern Lane is under threat of closure.

Wildern local councillor (and leader of the Lib Dems at county hall) Keith House told The Hampshire Chronicle:

“Residents seeing services slashed, from children's centres and youth services to the cutbacks in buses and bus passes, will be appalled that Hampshire's Conservatives are stashing more and more of council taxpayers’ money into the county bank.

"We said earlier in the year this was a cynical exercise to store up money for election year in 2013. The new figures prove our point. The Conservatives' twisted priorities are a disgrace."


Meanwhile a steering group has been set up with the intention of keeping The Box open.   Consisting primarily of Hedge End Town Councillors and members of Botley and West End Parish Councils the group will work with Wildern School and other interested parties.

Amazingly Hampshire County Council have not confirmed that they will be willing to transfer ownership of The Box if other bodies come forward to keep it running.

A meeting at The Box on 18th July heard evidence from the local police and health professionals that the sort of service provided there helps to keep levels of antisocial behaviour, drug use and unwanted pregnancies below what would be expected in an area with a relatively high population of young people.

Public service cuts such as these and those being made by the Coalition at a national level are short sighted because the cost of not providing the service is never taken into account in the calculations. 

6 comments:

  1. I don't think the Lib Dems priorites are as straight as a die either...

    Lib Dems are quite good at cynical exercises too. The consultation on local homes for instance, which is a straightforward either/or question which is designed to give them a measure of public approval that they can refer to come election time.

    The consultation does not really test what Eastleigh residents feel about losing Allington Lane and/or Boorley Green to the Bulldozer. Other developments aren't being consulted on at all and there isn't a "none of the above option", so the only thing we can be sure of is the support for option A/B as is measured by the consultation probably isn't what Eastleigh residents really think.

    The consultation is actually a CON trick...

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  2. I agree with you on the local homes opinion survey TGR. But on the youth services issue the Lib Dems (at least those on Hedge End Town Council and HEWEB) are doing what they said they would do.

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  3. Hold on a minute.!!

    How can the Lib Dems and the Police claim that "the sort of service provided there helps to keep levels of antisocial behaviour, drug use and unwanted pregnancies below what would be expected in an area with a relatively high population of young people."

    I was born, raised and lived on a council estate with a very high level of young people, yet I come from a generation that did not have a Youth Club, did not have a drug or drink problem and did not have 14-year-old girls running around with babies in their bellies.

    Youth Centres are not the way to deal with these problems. My god, if this is the sort of short-sighted plans councillors and the police have to tackle the huge social issues we have today then it is no wonder that the world is so messed up.!!!

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  4. Well BB there's a lot of evidence out there: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/29/gang-violence-rises-as-councils-cut-youth-services

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  5. Keith,

    Your quoting stoies and facts printed in Lib Dem loving Guardian.!!

    You sure you are still independant from the Lib Dems sir.??

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  6. The good thing about being independent is you can seek the truth in all sorts of places.

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