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Fighting the closure of the YoYo Youth Centre

March 3, 2006 8:58 PM
YoYo drop-in youth centre, Epsom

Town ward candidate Julie Morris and councillor Colin Taylor called at the YoYo youth centre, but it was closed

The threat to the YoYo Drop-in Centre for young people in Epsom Town centre was discussed at the recent meeting of SCC's Epsom & Ewell Local Committee. They unanimously passed a motion proposed by Cllr Colin Taylor calling upon SCC's Executive to re-consider their BDR review's proposal in the light of possible alterations to the facilities at the Lintons Youth Centre.

The Lintons Lane site, which was owned by the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, has now been bought by a Developer. Although there is understood to be a requirement to retain or re-locate the Lintons Youth Centre, this would mean that the youth centre would have to close for a period of time whilst the site was re-developed or the youth centre was re-located. The Local Committee felt that it would be prudent to maintain the facility at the YoYo Drop-in Centre in South Street, at least until the future of the youth centre at Lintons Lane is known.

A number of other youth issues were also discussed, but not included in the motion.

Meanwhile the Borough Council appear to be reacting against news of the proposed closure of the YoYo, which could be important as they are partners in this centre and appear to own half the building.

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