Youth group has mind to fight an eviction threat

Youngsters, youth workers and trustees are "staying put" at Deepings Youth Centre in Deeping St James despite Lincolnshire County Council wanting them out.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Youngsters, youth workers and trustees are "staying put" at Deepings Youth Centre in Deeping St James despite Lincolnshire County Council wanting them out. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A popular youth group in the Deepings is “staying put” in defiance of an order from county officials to leave its base in the area.

Deepings Youth Centre was ordered out of a building it uses in Eastgate, Deeping St James, by June 8 so that it can be sold on, possibly for future development.

But youngsters and youth workers who meet at the centre twice a week plan to stay there after claiming that trustees from Deeping St James (DSJ) United Charities, who had been in talks with Lincolnshire County Council to buy the building, want them to stay.

Peter Davies, the youth centre’s chairman of trustees, said: “We had a general meeting with DSJ United Charities earlier this month and they weren’t in any hurry for us to go.

“It was our understanding that there has not been contact between DSJ United Charities and Lincolnshire County Council for a year.

“From that, we took a decision not to go so we’re staying put.

“In fact, we’ve started a Save the Deepings Youth Centre campaign on Facebook because the council has done absolutely nothing about accepting an offer that DSJ United Charities has made.”

As part of its campaign, Deepings Youth Centre plans to hold a public meeting to gauge support for either forcing the council into a u-turn on evicting them, raising funds in order to pay a “reasonable rent” to whoever buys the centre or buying it themselves.

The Free Press asked DSJ United Charities for a comment and a spokesman said it would be provided after trustees have met this month.