Community centre faces fight for future

A COUNCILLOR has vowed to fight to protect a north Northumberland community centre amid cuts of £250,000 across the service countywide.

Following the executive’s decision to approve the ‘mini-budget’ of £18million of savings on local services on Monday, Coun Glen Sanderson, ward member for Chevington with Longhorsley, has raised concerns about the future of Druridge Bay Community Centre.

“There is now a whole shroud of uncertainty thrown over these centres, one of which is in Chevington,” he said.

“It currently costs in the region of £38,000/£40,000 a year but it’s at the very heart of the community.

“This is a community that hasn’t got a lot of cash in its collective pocket. It needs support and the county council has a role in supporting it.

“It will be a no-holds-barred fight but I’m hoping it won’t come to that as I hope that the county council will see sense.

“It has come as a real shock.”