Public meeting called as Wanstead Youth Centre’s future remains uncertain


The future of Wanstead Youth Centre is uncertain following Redbridge Council’s claim that over £2.4m of refurbishments are needed to make it fit for purpose.

“The council is considering alternatives to renovating the building, including redevelopment,” said a spokesperson.

But campaigners have objected to the ‘loaded questions’ used in a consultation which runs until 13 March, and insist the Elmcroft Avenue venue is a vital resource in a good state of repair. “The flooring and lighting have only recently been improved, and this consultation suggests we are dealing with a fait accompli. However, it’s vital that as many people as possible respond,” said one centre user.

Subject to the council’s decision following the consultation, groups that use the centre will need to find alternative premises by May.

A petition to save the centre has been launched, and an on-site public meeting will take place on 7 March from 7.30pm.

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Click here to view the petition


Author: Editor