New Midhurst youth facilities proposed

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State-of-the-art new youth facilities could be in the pipeline for Midhurst if a volunteer managment group can be formed.

If the project goes forward it could see the demolition of the youth club building in Lamberts Lane.

It would be replaced with a purpose built centre, to be developed at the same time as the new Midhurst Rother College buildings.

But it will be yet another case of volunteers having to step up to the mark and help themselves as West Sussex County council has already shed its funding of community youth clubs.

Colin Hughes told fellow members of Midhurst Town Council there had been ‘drastic’ changes to the youth service which had not escaped the swingeing cuts meted out by West Sussex County Council.

“The youth service no longer has an obligation to support all youth clubs, it is now targeted in specific areas,” he said.

He said there was a problem with current provision in Midhurst because although the club would remain as a ‘hub’ working in a more targeted area, the club building was past its prime.

He had now approached WSCC and asked if the ‘sizeable plot’ could be sold and the money gained used to build a new youth club for the town.

Midhurst Rother College had tentatively agreed to the building of the new youth club in the former stable buildings next to what used to be Whiphill Farmhouse.

“We have WSCC’s property department on board, the county youth service on board and Midhurst Rother College on board,” said Mr Hughes.

“It all seems very positive and we could provide a new youth club for the town.”

He said it would provide a home for play leader Chris Resigh’s Midhurst Nursery Class and also be available for the use of the community in the evenings.

But Mr Hughes warned West Sussex County Council did not want any responsibility for the building, its management or maintenance.