Pelsall Youth Centre users plan campaign to save facility

A group of young people is planning to launch a campaign to save Pelsall’s Youth Centre following reports that it is one of ten centres earmarked for closure.

Councillor Garry Perry said users of the centre were prepared to look at how they could keep the village’s youth facilities.

The campaign is being launched after the Walsall Advertiser revealed this week that ten local youth centres, including Pelsall, could close as part of measures to save £86 million over the next four years.

“The young group will be setting a ‘save the centre’ campaign group and they have asked for my help,” he said.

“We have had a positive discussion about the approach we will be taking, which will not be about ‘don’t shut the centre’ but more so ‘how can we do things differently?’.”

Speaking to third sector organisations, such as churches, community groups and academies, will be central to the campaign to see if any could help with running the youth facility.

“If Walsall Council pulls out, it does not mean that others cannot deliver a more engaging service,” said Coun Perry.

“The positive thing about this is the young people want to be the driving force and I think it’s our duty to support and empower them in doing so. This isn’t political but about doing our best within a limited resource.”

The campaign group is meeting tonight (March 13, 2015) to discuss first steps.

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Could you be Pelsall’s next carnival royalty?

Anyone wishing to enter the competition should call Ian Rhydderch on 01922 684695.

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MS Society information event planned

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Pelsall CC to host glittering event

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Road closure next week

Notice from Walsall Council:

ROAD CLOSURE – ALLENS LANE, PELSALL (between the junctions of  B4154 Walsall Road and Goscote Road)

Monday 02 March 2015 to Friday 06 March 2015

This section of Allens Lane will be closed to enable a new water main connection to be undertaken by Integrated Water Services on behalf of South Staffordshire Water.

A signed diversion route will be in operation for affected traffic using B4154 Walsall Road, Hall Lane, Mouse Hill, Allens Lane and vice versa.

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Lib Dem candidate announced for general election

History teacher Ian Garrett has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight the Aldridge-Brownhills seat in May’s general election.

Garrett is head of history at St Francis of Assisi School in Aldridge and has served as a local councillor. He has also been a parliamentary candidate for the party in Sandwell.

Announcing his candidacy, Garrett said: “The last few years have not been easy for many people, as the government takes action to tackle the Budget deficit.

“However, I am proud of steps Liberal Democrats have taken, like the Pupil Premium, which targets school funding on to those most in need and increases their chances in life.

“I want us to build on what has already been achieved by Liberal Democrats in government.”

The Aldridge-Brownhills seat is being vacated by Conservative MP Sir Richard Shepherd, who has represented the constituency since 1979. Conservative vice-chairman Wendy Morton has been selected by the party to try to retain the seat, which returned a Tory majority of 15,256 in the 2010 election.

UKIP candidate Paul White announced this week he had stood down from the election battle, while Labour will be fielding John Fisher.

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Quiz night at Methodist Church

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