Youth club on the move?

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PLANS to relocate a Sudbury youth club to more central premises are making good progress, according to a town councillor, writes Elliot Pinkham.

John Sayers is pushing for The Hub – a youth club for 13 to 17-year-olds based at Sudbury Upper School – to be moved into vacant space at Belle Vue House in Newton Road.

He said: “I am rather pleased about the progress we’re making with The Hub.

“The town council has committed to part-fund the mobile lights and BMX track, which paves the way for Babergh to get youngsters down at Belle Vue House.”

Mr Sayers believes that the new location would offer additional benefits to users of the youth club.

“The premises at Sudbury Upper School are not ideal,” he said. “Belle Vue House is central, which is good news, and there are opportunities for outside activities there. It can lead the way for better youth facilities in the town.”

The youth club, which offers youngsters activities including basketball sessions, parkour and football, runs on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm and is run by Babergh District Council.

Mr Sayers added that rehoming the project would go some way to ensuring the future of Belle Vue House.

“Everybody seems to be very supportive of it and, with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau downstairs, if you can get the activities in Belle Vue House then it makes the building more secure for the future,” he said. “We are all very keen to keep Belle Vue House for the town.”

A Babergh District Council spokesman said: “We are very supportive of the idea in principle, however, the project is at an early stage and we are working with other agencies to work out how this can be put into practice. If these practicalities can be worked out, we will be looking to move this project forward.

“We will, of course, be looking to involve all relevant parties in these discussions and are grateful for the town council’s support.”