Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) has discussed what it would like to do following the decision of Notts County Council (NCC) to close the Youth Centre after September this year.
Three options are to be consulted on:
1. A new build on the site to replace both the youth Centre and the Village Hall
2. Taking over the existing building
3. Not taking action to stop the closure.
RPC is already looking at the premises it owns to make sure they are fit for purpose in the coming years. A decision has been made that option 1 is the preferred way forward subject to public consultation and agreement with NCC.
RPC would like to build a new community centre on the site, which is big enough, and has enough facilities, to accommodate the existing users of the Youth Centre and the Village Hall, as well as some new users.
Only when the new Community Centre is built would the users of the Youth Centre and the Village Hall (which will both remain open until then) move to the new facility. The Village Hall will then be disposed of (or rented out) and the Youth Centre demolished, with car parking and landscaping in that area.
The consultation will take place when further discussions have taken place with NCC and the Parish Council feels there is a good chance that one or both of Options 1 & 2 are practical.
Chairman of the Council, Allen Wood, said “There is still a lot to be done but I believe that if we can get a modern new community centre on the Youth Centre site it will provide the sort of facilities we want to see over the coming years both for existing as well as new users”.