Labour Action Team instrumental in keeping Aintree Youth Centre

Cllr Tony Carr with Aintree Parish Cllr Terry Baldwin Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Cllr Marion Atkinson.

 

Molyneux Labour Action Team has been instrumental in saving Aintree Youth Centre from closure after Tory-Lib Dem cuts resulted in its funding being slashed.

Labour Action Team leaders, Moyneux Ward Councillors Tony Carr and Marion Atkinson have been working with Aintree Youth Centre Management Committee to secure a future for the much-used community facility.

Cllr Carr said he was delighted they have managed to save the centre.

Cllr Carr said: "We are all absolutely delighted that we have been able to save the centre. There was quite rightly an outcry when it turned out that the centre was going to be another victim of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts, but we simply couldn't let that happen.

"Cllr Atkinson, Aintree Youth Centre Management Committee, parents of children who use the centre and myself formed a partnership to devise a way of keeping the centre open.

"It has by no means been an easy task, but after much work, a comprehensive business plan to move the centre to become a self-sufficient community centre offering its facilities for the benefit of the local community was drawn up."

The committee is now appealing to the community to start using the centre to ensure it has a future.

Cllr Carr said: "The success of the centre now depends on the community itself. People need to start using the youth centre.

"Cllr Atkinson and I are using the centre for our surgeries each Saturday from 10am to 11am, when people from throughout Molyneux Ward can come along and raise any issues or concerns they have.

"And I urge any other community groups to apply to use the centre. Just call 07973678457 or email enquiries_aintreeyouthcentre@yahoo.com, a member of the team would be happy to discuss accommodating most community based projects at the centre.

"I'd like to thank Sefton Youth Services for their help throughout this project.

"The success of the Aintree Youth & Community Centre does rely upon community involvement and I'm sure we'll all come together to ensure the centre remains an integral part of the Aintree community for years to come."