Comment: Hill Street centre is worth every penny of the grant

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This week’s Advertiser comment, referring to Rugby Borough Council’s £30,000 grant to Hill Street Youth and Community Centre.

“RUGBY Borough Council is to be congratulated for rescuing one of the town’s finest assets - the Hill Street Youth and Community Centre.

“Not all Rugbeians may be aware of its importance. But Hill Street’s town centre location, along with its facilities – including a sports hall – make it irreplaceable. Readers will remember that 12 months or so ago the council received much flak for its decision not to replace its outgoing chief executive. Rugby’s was the first authority in the UK to do so, and while it’s likely the debate over how necessary chief executives are in local authorities is far from over, RBC ended up saving well over £120,000-a-year.

“So despite having to make some difficult decisions, the authority has managed to pledge £50,000 to youth projects across Rugby, 60 per cent of which will be going to Hill Street. We hope Rugbeians will join us in congratulating the borough council, along with the group of volunteers that worked tirelessly to ensure Hill Street remains open.

£30,000 may seem like a lot of money in these austere times, but Rugby’s facility in Hill Street is worth every penny.”