Councillor's plea to save Marlborough's 'former youth centre' from Wiltshire Council's plans
Marlborough Councillor Lisa Farrell has made a heartfelt plea to fellow councillors to help save what is now known as the 'former Youth Centre' beside the recreation ground. It is where current youth club evenings are still held, one of them run by Councillor Farrell and three other councillors.
First she criticised Wiltshire Council's upkeep of the building: "I'm very concerned - nothing is being fixed." And she said one gents toilet has been 'full of sewage' for five weeks.
This rather undermines Wiltshire Council's previous statement: "Some of the damage does not pose a health and safety risk and therefore will not be repaired."
Councillor Farrell then asked the town council to consider the building's future very carefully: "If we're not careful we're going to lose that building to development. We must all stick together."
"I'm begging you - we need to wake up or we'll lose this building. We need to save the building. The kids rely on it - and it's taken us six months to persuade them it's good to use."
It must be reported that councillors were not queuing up to answer her pleas.
Town and unitary Councillor Stewart Dobson replied: "There is no truth in the rumour about development. I don't know where that came from."
It was one of the three options being considered by Wiltshire Council officers - as reported by Marlborough.News quoting a council official.
Councillor Dobson went on: "The Council have indicated they will probably go on hiring it out after June - they haven't decided its future yet. I don't think we should worry at this point in time."
"I don't think there's any danger of the building being sold for development." He said the aim should be to enable youth activities to take place there in the evenings - whatever use the Council decided to make of it.
Councillor Allen referring to the state of that toilet said that Wiltshire Council still have a duty of care to those using the building.
And then the business of this meeting of the Full Council (18 April) moved swiftly on to consider the growing number of potholes in Wiltshire's roads.