Youth club funding offer criticised

The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.

The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.

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A councillor has criticised East Riding Council during a discussion about youth provision in Pocklington.

At a recent Pocklington Town Council meeting, Phil Jackson from East Riding Council’s Youth and Family Support Service gave a talk to councillors about funding that would be available if they wanted to help set up and run a youth club in Pocklington. Mr Jackson said that the town council could secure a Positive Activities Grant of up to £2,500 towards the project, but town councillor Graham Perry said this is not enough.

Councillor Graham Perry

Councillor Graham Perry

The proposal requires an initial investment by the town council to employ two youth workers and work with the Youth and Family Support Service and the East Riding Voluntary Action Service to take the club from its inception into well run voluntary youth club. Pocklington’s former youth centre, on New Street, closed in 2013. The building was owned by East Riding Council but was sold to a developer and is currently being converted into housing.

Following Mr Jackson’s talk, town councillor Graham Perry said: “We had a very active and effective youth club. It was an East Riding Council property and it was sold off for housing redevelopment. It is terrible that East Riding Council chose to sell it off.

“It is also terrible that the youth of Pocklington have been pushed onto the streets and we have to pick up the pieces.” He added: “In terms of setting up and running a youth club, £2,500 is not going to be anything like what we need.”