Redditch youth club campaigners protest closure plans

Keira Welborn, 12, is one of a group of young people in Redditch campaigning against plans to close a youth centre in the town

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A group hoping to save a Worcestershire youth centre have been given more time to raise funds to take it over.

Redditch Youth House on Ipsley Road is now due to close at the end of the year, after Worcestershire County Council extended an autumn deadline.

Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise is trying to raise £150,000 to buy the building and keep it open.

The council said the youth centre was in poor condition and cost £50,000 a year to run.

Several youth centres across the county have already been sold as the local authority looks to find £90m savings by 2017.

'Play on streets'

A group of young campaigners have urged the Conservative-led council to reconsider its plans for the centre.

Twelve-year-old Keira Welborn said young people would be left to "play on the streets" if it closed.

More than 40 young people staged a protest against the plans at the centre in August.

Worcestershire County Council is making £1.4m cuts to its youth services budget to help meet its savings targets.

A spokesman added that the council was looking to find the best value way of providing youth services across the county.

Across the West Midlands region, spending on youth services has been cut by about 11% since 2010, with more than 20 youth centres closing, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

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