Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: ‘Hub was closed due to a lack of demand’

11:39 03 April 2014

Stephanie Lloyd

Stephanie Lloyd

Archant

A district authority has defended a decision to withdraw its support for a youth project which closed down last month less then two years after opening.

shares

The Hub, in Sudbury, was initially run from the town’s sports centre but after six months of negotiations and fundraising, it was moved to Belle Vue House in June 2012.

The focus changed from sporting activities to providing a place for local teenagers to relax, play games and listen to music.

Babergh District Council paid the set-up costs for the project and provided initial support with the idea that volunteers would eventually take over.

Many of those who helped establish The Hub, including Sudbury town councillor John Sayers, expressed their disappointment at the news that Babergh had pulled the plug on the project, describing the decision as “regrettable”.

But Stephanie Lloyd, the Babergh and Mid Suffolk community development officer behind the initial Hub idea, said the number of youngsters using the project had dwindled to the point where it was no longer viable.

She said: “In the early days, I put many hours into the project and it worked well.

“But with the change in my role and the restructure at Babergh and Mid Suffolk, I was never going to be able to carry on running it. It initially appeared to serve a need and the kids flowed in, but by the end, the demand wasn’t there and you can only go on the evidence.

“To justify the costs of running something like this, you have to have the numbers of kids wanting it. I simply don’t believe there’s nothing for young people to do in Sudbury – I think there’s plenty going on.

“There has been an inevitable change in what young people want to do and we have to face the fact that youth clubs as we knew them may no longer be relevant. The Hub really needed to evolve and change to survive.”

The decision to move the Hub from the sports centre was made because of rising hire costs. Youth workers tried to broaden the project’s appeal by taking it out into local communities via a converted bus.

shares

1 comment

The old Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

The former headteacher of a Suffolk school has been jailed for seven years for sexual offences against children.

Image issued by the British Geological Survey of a graphic showing where an earthquake struck in Sandwich, Kent. Photo: British Geological Survey

Earth tremors have been felt in Suffolk and Essex after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck Kent.

Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

Two officers who were based at Braintree have been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct.

The A12. Library image.

A lorry and van have crashed on the A12 near Wickham Market after a blow-out tyre puncture.

James Rowe with his sisters, Amy and Beth

A father has spoken out about his 24-year-old son’s untimely death in a bid to prevent another “avoidable tragedy” as a result of diabetes.

Passengers are delayed at stations including at Ipswich, Norwich and Colchester 


Picture by Jerry Turner

Rail passengers faced delays of up to 45minutes due to a broken down train between Kelvedon and Witham.

Members of the local tai chi group in Ufford

It may not have the high-flying kicks and karate chops of some martial arts – but the ancient Chinese technique of tai chi is proving a knockout among practitioners in Suffolk.

British and American airborne engineers worked together to develop their key skills of building and repairing runways

British and American airborne engineers worked together to develop skills at a Suffolk base.

A graph from a British Geological Survey monitoring station showing the earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 which hit Kent overnight. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services have not received any reports of structural damage or injuries.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

From shaking beds to people believing they were being broken into – readers have given their accounts of the earthquake tremor which hit Suffolk and Essex.

Arrests made

Police have made a third arrest as their investigation into suspected drug overdoses in Bury St Edmunds continues.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages