Protest set over Pill Millennium Centre closure

First published in News

A PROTEST over the closure of an inner-city community centre is to take place today.

The Argus reported at the weekend that the Pill Millennium Centre – visited by Prince Charles in 2011 – has shut after it ran out of funds.

Now Pill residents and people who used the centre are to join together at 4pm to protest over the closure.

It’s thought that as many as 100 people could attend.

Bernard Sefton, vice-chairman of the Pill Millennium Trust, said people have been knocking on his door and crossing the street since the news broke in the Argus on Saturday.

“Everyone is 100 per cent behind keeping the centre open,” he said.

“People are absolutely shocked. They have all been aware that we have struggled financially with all the cut backs we have had, but we have endeavoured to be open.”

Newport council funding for the Pill Mill was withdrawn in April last year.

Pill Labour councillor Ron Jones said he’d warned the centre would struggle to survive without subsidy, but the council said the centre was always meant to become self-financing.

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12:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Adraycott says...

The people of Pill have received offers from the Boxing Club to run from the Pill Mill among others. The council have been approached about this but I don't know what their reply has been as yet. Surely a chance should be given for this community to keep the one place running that keeps the children off the streets and allows them a social atmosphere in a place near their homes where they can not only take part in team building sports or educational training but also experience a friendly, well run place with food and refreshments in good company where everyone has these childrens and eachothers interests at heart.
The people of Pill have received offers from the Boxing Club to run from the Pill Mill among others. The council have been approached about this but I don't know what their reply has been as yet. Surely a chance should be given for this community to keep the one place running that keeps the children off the streets and allows them a social atmosphere in a place near their homes where they can not only take part in team building sports or educational training but also experience a friendly, well run place with food and refreshments in good company where everyone has these childrens and eachothers interests at heart. Adraycott
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12:41pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Adraycott says...

Please look at the facebook page Save the Pill Mill. It's clear how much this centre is needed. Thanks
Please look at the facebook page Save the Pill Mill. It's clear how much this centre is needed. Thanks Adraycott
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1:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

rhinestine says...

St Joes should take it over.... what a great club, they would work wonders with a gym that size
St Joes should take it over.... what a great club, they would work wonders with a gym that size rhinestine
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