Tinsley teen’s fight for local youth club

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A determined teenager is hopeful of victory after launching a community petition to save his local youth club.

A determined teenager is hopeful his local youth club will now be expanded after he raised concerns it would be bulldozed.

Adil Mohammed, aged 13, was behind a petition highlighting concerns that Sheffield Council would turn the facility into a car park for a controversial new ‘super school’ on the site of Tinsley Recreation Ground.

Tinsley nursery and infant and Tinsley junior schools would be demolished and the council says this is needed to move pupils away from the M1.

Brinsworth Comprehensive pupil Adil, the deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Sheffield East, said: “Youth clubs like this one are needed because they keep young people off the streets - on some nights there are 60 people going to the club.”

Adil, who lives in Tinsley, took his petition with 42 signatures to a full meeting of Sheffield Council.

He told the council meeting that Tinsley Recreation Ground was where 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Gordan Banks played as achild.

He added: “There is a clear need for this centre and if anything it should be expanded not demolished, at a time when large sections of the park could be lost to make way for a new school.

“The last thing we would want is to lose this much loved and needed centre.”

Adil was told by council cabinet member Coun Jackie Drayton that there were no plans to knock down the youth club and she would work with local young people on looking at an extension.

He added: “What I’m hoping to so is meet up with Coun Drayton and discuss what can be done.

“I would also like the centre to be extended because at the moment it is too small.”

A passionate call for the council to drop its entire school plan for the recreation ground was made at the same council meeting, earlier this month.

Hundreds of people have signed another petition against the plan and councillors where told people would fight ‘tooth and nail’ against the proposals. Objectors want the council to find an alternative site and say there are others in the area.

But Coun Drayton said at the meeting that it was not possible to put the school on any of them.

She said the council would also lose £1m in Government funding if it did not go ahead with the school and residents did want a new school for local children.

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