The Welsh Liberal Democrats in Powys are calling on Powys County Council’s ruling Independent/Conservative Cabinet to ‘come clean’ on its plans for youth service provision after April of this year.
On the 7th November last year the Cabinet resolved to close all the youth centres in Powys, including those in Ystradgynlais, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells, and replace the youth provision delivered in them with a mix of contracted-out, outreach and school-based activities.
Describing the plans as ‘far too vague’, Brecon & Radnorshire’s Assembly member, Kirsty Williams said:-
“It is high time the Council made clear exactly what youth service provision is going to be in place for the young people of the county after these centres close their doors in April. With funding for our Young Farmers Clubs and other voluntary organisations under severe pressure there is a continued need for comprehensive, good quality youth services in Powys. At the moment, we don’t know what will be provided and time is running short.”
Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Powys County Council, James Gibson-Watt added:-
“All the Youth Centres are located in wards with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the county. There is a good reason for that – to support the young people and families in those areas most in need in Powys and the youth centres have played a very valuable role in doing that. It is clear that the main aim of closing them is to save money, not improve the services that young people will receive. The Cabinet needs to produce clear proposals now that show how the vague option it agreed to in November last year will translate in to actual provision.”
“The young people of the county deserve nothing less concluded”, Cllr Gibson-Watt