Youngsters told: ‘use it or lose it’ as council saves club
CAERNARFON town councillors have stepped in to save a popular youth club following the decision of Gwynedd Council to close it.
They have unanimously voted to provide financial support to keep the Penrallt Youth Club open two evenings a week.
Cllr Cemlyn Williams said: “This is as a result of lengthy discussions and negotiations with Gwynedd Council officials over recent months. Despite the financial difficulties all councils face, the town council believes that investing in our future is of paramount importance.
“However, the council will review its decision every year. So to the young people of Caernarfon we say – use it or lose it.”
The Mayor of Caernarfon, Cllr Eiriona Hughes, said: “The town council is responding to lobbying, not only by the young people themselves, but also their parents. We have listened to what they have said and have decided that the club will be open on Wednesdays evenings for Year 8 and over and Friday evenings for year 7 & 8.”
Clerk to the Council Katherine Owen said: “This is yet another example of both councils working together to maintain a muchloved and essential youth service at Penrallt.”
This service will start in October and last for a period of 30 weeks.
This is in addition to the new service model being introduced by Gwynedd Council which will be held on other evenings. More details will follow about the new service – but it does mean that the young people of Caernarfon will not be losing out.
● Cllrs Eiriona Hughes and Cemlyn Williams with council clerk Katherine Owen at Penrallt Youth Club