Guest Blog by Nev Holgate

I was informed on Wednesday evening of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s decision to put on the open market, along with other premises, the Samman Road Centre. This purpose built Community Centre was built on the site of a former Church/chapel which serviced no one in the mid seventies.

Nobody used it much so it was demolished and the Samman Road Community Centre was built on the church footprint. I believe it was only three years ago that ERYC in their infinite wisdom decided to chuck the user groups out and use the centre as office space with all sorts of promises that the Churches Together would be allowed to take on part of the site ie a  garage and refurbish it into some kind of community usage.

Would you believe the Churches Together never did a thing whilst the user groups, many of them pensioners and disabled groups, were spread like butter all over the place. Tories Pearson, Elvidge,  Harrold and Peacock buried their heads in the ground.

So here we are only three years down the road and the council want to put it on the open market according to Coun Astell. The afore mentioned Tories are once again saying the know nothing about it, I am saying this is an act of gross community criminality. The Samman Road Centre must be returned to the Community and to this end I have, at last nights meeting of the Cherry Tree Centre Management Committee, asked them that they express an interest in the Samman Road Centre soonest as these things tend to move fast.

I personally would like to start a campaign with the Labour Town Councillors for the area petitioning every household in the area to demand the return of this centre back into the community, a public meeting would not go amiss as well.