Following the 24th January 2011 Croydon Council Cabinet’s meeting decision to cut all the £28K funding Sir Philip Game Centre and £10K funding from the Addiscombe Boys and Girls Club, the matter was referred to the Scrutiny & Overview Committee to review. To help ease the cut the Croydon Council is offering a £65K transition fund to tide the centres over until the find other sources of incomes, this is 50% of the annual funding the youth centres previously received to help pay their rent.
The review of the decision took place on Tuesday 8th February 2011 at the Town Hall and details of the meeting and papers are here. After hearing the evidence from Council Officers and the Cabinet Member, Conservative Councillor Tim Pollard, supporting the decision. The committee also heard evidence from children who attend the Timebridge youth centre in Fieldway, New Addington, one of the centres threatened with closure, the committee voted against referring this decision back to Cabinet. The Conservatives, who have a large inbuilt majority on the committee, voted to support the cutting of all funding, whilst the Labour councillors, supported the young people in their campaign to keep funding these centres. Sadly, the views put forward by children and Labour councillors were ignored.
Local Councillor Mark Watson, who has recently joined the management committee of Sir Philip Game Centre, said “the fight to protect the Sir Philip Game Centre is not over. SPG has wonderful facilities and we will make every effort to ensure that these are not mothballed or become too expensive or ordinary folks to use. We urge local residents and businesses to help support the Sir Philip Game Centre.”