Councillors vote to back CCA’s youth initiative

Colnbrook Parish Council has tentatively agreed to provide funding to the Colnbrook Community Association’s youth project.

Colnbrook Youth Club has been operating since April.

Colnbrook Youth Club has been operating since April.

Councillors decided to back the CCA’s youth initiative at its last meeting on November 5, voting to provide £2,500 funding.

The CCA applied to the Parish in August for part-funding for a youth worker to support is youth initiatives – including the new Colnbrook Youth Club, and a proposed Youth Council.

Two councillors who declared an interest were unusually allowed to remain to participate in the discussion by Chair Peter Hood. Cllr Burke, secretary of the CCA, answered questions on the application, while Cllr Dexter Smith declared that his wife is a volunteer for the youth club.

Various questions were voiced by councillors and all but two were adequately responded to by either the Chair of the CCA (Mrs Brenner) who also attended the meeting, or the Secretary of the CCA (Mr Burke).

Councillors wanted to confirm the qualifications of the youth worker to be funded, despite his similar role for Slough Borough Council.

They also demanded more details of £200 misallocated by the L&Q foundation which the CCA was subsequently allowed to keep, from the CCA’s accounts.

After some debate it was proposed by the Vice-Chairman and seconded by the Chairman, that subject to the satisfactory answers regarding the accounting of the net donation by the Housing Association and verification of the qualifications of the Youth Leader, that a grant of £2,500 be given for the employment of the Youth Club Leader.

Both points outstanding were due to be discussed at last night’s CCA members’ meeting.

The partnership with the CCA is a win-win for the council which has struggled with this aspect of its “parish plan”.   A note on its website reports that its Youth Service Initiative Group “is now in abeyance as Slough Borough Council have withdrawn all funding for Recreational Youth Clubs”.

Two of the five councillors able to vote inexplicably abstained.

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