Baildon youth cafe unlikely due to youth service cuts

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Debbie Davies Councillor Debbie Davies

While efforts to bring a youth cafe to Baildon look unlikely in the face of Bradford Council cuts, plans are under way to give the town’s young people plenty to do in 2014.

Starting on Monday, a number of weekly sessions are being held across Baildon, including music, sports and film nights.

For much of last year, the Baildon ward councillors on Bradford Council have been working to try to bring a youth cafe to the area.

Estimated to cost about £66,000 a year, up to £45,000 would have come from Bradford Council. But in November the Council announced plans to cut youth service funding by 75 per cent, meaning that not only was any new funding for youth cafes unlikely to happen, but some existing children’s centres would have to close.

The new youth services, which will be paid for under the existing budget, include music sessions at Titus Salt School, open access sessions at Ian Clough Hall and sports sessions at Baildon Recreation ground.

Councillor Debbie Davies (Con, Baildon), one of the three ward councillors, said: “With the budget for youth services being cut, I don’t think there will be a lot left for something like a youth cafe.”

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