by Richard Samuel on 19 April, 2018
A very well attended public meeting was held on Monday to discuss the Conservative’s plans for Riverside Youth Centre. The centre is under threat because of cuts made to Youth services by the current Conservative council administration who last year reduced the budget by 50%. The cuts come in September. The meeting was well organised by the London Road and Snow Hill Partnership and I managed to get Cllr Paul May, the Cabinet Member responsible and the Director, Mike Bowden to address the meeting.
Cllr May is ruling out sale of the building which had been reported in the Bath Chronicle which is welcome and it was also announced that Mentoring Plus who currently work out of the building are the preferred bidder to take on the running of the centre. Not so good was the likelihood that there may be a break in the availability of the drop in sessions from September whilst the future is sorted out. It also seems that the Secretary of State’s permission might be required for the Council to dispose of the building to Mentoring Plus.
I called for more flexibility in the timetable which is being artificially driven by these ideological cuts and Cllr Alison Millar and I will be following this up. I reiterated my opposition to the sale of the building other than to a community consortium and called for the building to be listed as an asset of community value making its sale for development more difficult to achieve.