Turn unused centre back to family homes

Councillors and residents at a meeting to save the Pellon Network Centre, Rye Lane.
Councillors and residents at a meeting to save the Pellon Network Centre, Rye Lane.

It is always easy to spend other folk’s money! A sentiment which local Liberals take to heart. Liberal Councillor Baker says: “Closing this centre (Pellon Network Centre) would be scandalous” (Courier, February 14).
Converted from a pair of former local authority family houses and opened in the early 2000s with a contributor grant of £77,000 from a European Fund, the centre has been a drain on Calderdale Council and tax payers every since.
Councillor Baker’s two Liberal predecessors, myself when member for Warley and volunteer well-meaning community members had many a meeting about how to generate support and occupation, to make the centre a worthwhile, if not viable, proposition. All kinds of activity were suggested and tried: gardening clubs, parenting classes, IT training, money advice, bazaar, local history groups, keep-fit classes, etc, etc, etc. All had limited support and attendance, leaving the centre to be unused far more often than it was ever used.
The Labour-led Calderdale Council are right to look at closing the centre. It should be brought back into what was the original use of the building - two much needed, three- bedroomed family homes.

David Ginley

Calderdale Chair UKIP