Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Question mark over Council commitment to rebuild Lakers Youth Centre

by willforster on 7 February, 2018

I am very concerned that Surrey County Council has refused to guarantee that Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park will be rebuilt, after it was damaged by a fire last month.

During yesterday’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, I asked a formal question of the Council’s Cabinet Member in charge of the Council’s property – and the answer left me really concerned about the future of Lakers Youth Centre.

Local residents want to know that we are not losing a valuable community resource here in Goldsworth Park, having a physical building to provide youth services in is incredibly important as not everything can be replicated by detached youth work.

I challenged the Conservative Cabinet Member to confirm that Lakers will reopen, but he refused to give that assurance.  Residents will be really concerned that they are about to lose a valuable community asset, but the local Lib Dem team and I are committed to campaigning for it to reopen.

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