The Youth Resource Centre will definitely close on 7 November as Devon County Council has virtually stopped providing youth services. The only youth centre in North Devon funded by the county council will be in Barnstaple.
Ownership of the youth centre will transfer to the town as they own the land on which it was built. If agreement can be reached the YMCA will probably take over the running of the youth centre as a resource for the whole community – not just young people.
Running costs of the centre, even if it doesn’t open its doors, are in the order of £10,000 a year. A cost to the town, or rather a cost to the town’s rate payers! Well done Devon County Council, well done central government!