Action to Save Wicklea Youth & Community Centre
MP Kerry McCarthy will be paying another visit to Wicklea Community Centre on the 16th March to speak to local residents and groups about the proposals to remove the current community space (in order to accommodate building work to a local school). Locals have nothing against the proposals to expand the school, but they are very concerned that no replacement is being offered to the variety of individuals and groups that currently use the community centre.
Those who use the space include older people (lunch club, bingo and computer classes); those with learning difficulties or disabilities (health group, community cafe and computer club); young people and children (youth club, junior youth club, after school club) and local faith groups.
‘We are not campaigning against the school.’ A spokesperson from the campaign says. ‘However it is our understanding that the need of one group does not negate the needs of all other groups who are in the community and we would like groups to be recognised with equal value and respect.’
Kerry McCarthy has already visited the centre once and is encouraging concerned parties to submit a petition. The campaign calls for a comparable community facilities to be rebuilt or funds to be made available for alternative sites for groups.
If you are affected by this and want to show your support for community facilities please come to: Wicklea on 16th March (time tba – approx 6pm) for a public meeting with Kerry McCarthy.