Uckfield Citizens Advice Bureau could move to new premises

Update: The Princess Royal is due to open the new premises of Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau at The Hub, off Civic Approach, Uckfield, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Uckfield Citizens Advice Bureau could move to the former adult learning centre building, now known as The Hub, on the edge of the Luxford car park, off Civic Approach, in Uckfield.

Exploratory talks have been held between Uckfield Town Council, which owns The Hub, and the CAB, which is currently based in The Office Village, River Way.

A report to the council's general purposes committee which met on Monday night, August 16, said: “There are a number of issues to be resolved, not least of which is an agreement on both financial and lease arrangements. This does, however, appear to be a good way forward for the building with benefits to the community as a whole.”

A study was carried out recently into improving youth provision within The Hub.

More than 200 young people were asked what they would like to see there and youth service providers were contacted to check what was available.

The survey was carried out by Action in Rural Sussex, after a £5,500 grant was awarded by The Lottery Awards For All scheme.

The study concluded that the provision of services exclusively for young people within the whole building “would currently not provide an income which could make the building and the services within it financially independent and alternative sources of income would need to be sought to enable subsidised provision”.

Part of The Hub, known as the Source, is hired out to youth groups who use it as a meeting place over a number of evenings a week.

Other rooms in The Hub are let out on an inidividual basis to groups.

Councillors agreed, on Monday, that if a satisfactory lease arrangement for rooms in the Hub could be agreed with the CAB it should be put in place.

They also agreed that extending the use of the Source be explored with existing users of the space.

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