Essex Council want to lock the community out of Phillip Road!
The Colne Bank school of dance has been based at the Phillip Road centre since 1982; the Hub youth club is a popular meeting place for over 100 young people from Wivenhoe, Alresford and Elmstead Market; and the Moving Image cinema screens a wide range of film events across the community.
We have been given just four weeks to pack up our belongings and hand over the keys for a building which will then lie empty for months on end.
Livelihoods threatened, volunteers discarded and young people turned out. This has taken place without discussion or assistance, despite everything that the community has invested in the place.
Sign the petition, join the mailing list and help us fight to keep an excellent community building for use by all of Wivenhoe.
Michael Padmore of Moving Image said:
“For more than 18 months, the three user groups have been asking ECC to provide clear information so that we can start a community-wide consultation to develop a realistic business plan for Phillip Road. We had every reason to expect that we would be able to continue to use the centre while its future was being decided. Instead, it looks like becoming another wasted space in Wivenhoe.
Perhaps there is some other plan for the building, but whether there is or not, the three user groups deserve better treatment than this. We hope people will support the petition.”
The loss of the Centre will have a profound impact on community life.
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