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Save Alton Community Centre

Save Alton Community Centre

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Opened on February 06, 2018
 
Please sign this petition to Save Alton Community Centre from proposed East Hampshire District Council cuts:
 
Alton Community Centre is a very popular activities hub at the heart of the East Hants community, located in the centre of Alton and easily accessible and reasonably priced for clubs, adult classes, community family groups etc. We need to save this important social space from yet more council cuts in Alton.
 
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The East Hampshire District Council is proposing to withdraw funding from Alton Community Centre when it sets the budget in 2 weeks time, with no consultation to the Alton and East Hants Population who use the centre. Alton Town Council has confirmed it will continue with a supporting grant of £8,000 but will this be enough to keep it open? We don't think so. EHDC gave a grant to the Community Centre of £16,500 last year, which equates to approximately 2p per person per week in Council Tax revenue, which EHDC has been proudly boasting it intends to cut. The fact that this decision has been shrouded in secrecy suggests that they know the people of Alton will be horrified at the cuts to this precious service. The cuts were confirmed this evening at the EHDC Forum and residents are stunned by the announcement.
(Update: The £16,500 grant from EHDC last year is now known to be money bid for by ACC to help fund building improvements. A separate annual grant of £6000 is not being renewed. All funding is being withdrawn and we are calling for it to be reinstated.)
 
Alton Labour are launching this petition calling on EHDC to maintain grants at current level and are also sending an open letter to the EHDC Alton Councillors to openly state their position on the cuts to the grant.
 
Sign this petition to put pressure on EHDC to maintain the grant funding to Alton Community Centre. After all EHDC are supposed to represent the people of all of East Hampshire.
 
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