Epsom Phab youth club presents petition to council
30th July 2012
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A youth club for disabled children has criticised Surrey County Council (SCC) for "not listening" after it presented a 700-signature petition against plans to sell its home next year.

Epsom Phab, which provides activities for both disabled and able-bodied children, has operated from the Linton's Youth Centre in Linton’s Lane, Epsom for the last 30 years.

At a cabinet meeting in December, SCC voted to sell its leasehold in the centre, saying it is old and expensive to run, with the aim of finding an alternative, cheaper venue.

But, speaking after SCC’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday, at which Phab members presented the petition, club leader, Julia Giles, feels they are "now getting nowhere" in securing a future for Phab, even though the timescale for the sale has been extended until December 2013.

She said: "The youngsters asked SCC at the meeting whether it will fulfil its obligation under Epsom and Ewell Council’s (EEC) Plan E, a town centre framework, to work with EEC and the landowner to ensure community uses, including Phab, are retained on the site - but the question was avoided by Kay Hammond.

Read Full article by Hardeep Matharu at Epsomguardian

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