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Change in location of Revellers Youth Club to Myplace, Harold Hill, upsets parents

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 July 2016

Luke and Deborah Dowdall

Luke and Deborah Dowdall

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A change in location of a youth club session for children with special needs is “unfair”, according to a parent.

The Revellers Youth Club, held at the Robert Beard Centre, High Street, Hornchurch, every Tuesday was relocated to myplace, Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill, earlier this year, after it faced council cuts.

But to parents’ dismay, it can take more than twice as long for some to travel to myplace.

Deborah Dowdall’s son Luke, 15, has attended the club for four years.

“I just think it is unfair the children are having to go somewhere else when they were perfectly happy at Robert Beard,” she said.

“Even though the youth club still technically exists, it’s not the same.

“They knew the Hornchurch area and were getting to know the roads for themselves rather than relying on their parents.”

Other issues parents have cited include the lack of sports facilities and a tuck shop where the children can purchase lunch.

“They were learning how to be more independent by buying food and keeping healthy with outdoor activities, but the new centre doesn’t have these facilities,” said Deborah, of Upminster.

“The staff are lovely, but the centre doesn’t have everything this group needs.”

Cllr Melvin Wallace, Havering Council’s cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said: “Young people who now attend the Revellers Youth Club at myplace are right in the heart of Central Park and have access to the multi-use games area, where they can use a number of sports facilities.

“We are also looking at running a tuck shop at myplace by September 2016.”


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