Petition to: Review the proposals to close the Youth Services in Hounslow

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to Review the proposals to close the Youth Services in Hounslow. More details

Petition update 7 from the council, 21 February 2011

The agenda for the Borough Council meeting on 1/3/11 has now been published on-line and can be found at

Petition update 6 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

Tuesday 1st February 2011 - PRESS RELEASE

Council works with residents to minimise
cuts to services

- Majority of youth services to be retained
- Street cleansing services to be fully maintained
- Library savings postponed
- Community halls savings also postponed to develop plan

Hounslow Council has announced it intends to minimise cuts to frontline services after residents offered their views in the public budget consultation. Nearly 7,000 residents completed the consultation, which offered people in Hounslow the opportunity to share their views on the council services they felt needed saving the most after central government cut funding to the borough by £60m over four years.

As a result of public views, the council’s Executive has put forward revised proposals that would ensure youth centre activities in Hanworth, Hogarth, Southville and the Hub will remain open and fully functional, with scaled-down savings taken from administrative roles instead. Street cleansing services will also be retained in their entirety after residents declared how much they valued these services, with 58% disagreeing with the proposal to reduce levels.

The public response to libraries was also positive, with 57% of residents wanting to retain all the sites. As a result of the public budget consultation, Hounslow Council has proposed that immediate savings can be delivered by deferring some book purchases, minimising the risk of library closure. In the meantime, a more specific library consultation is underway which will inform the longer term strategy.
Following the consultation, the Executive also recommended that cuts to community halls were delayed. This will allow detailed options for transferring the halls to community groups to be developed.

The full list of proposals, including the revised options, will be put forward to the meeting of executive members on 8 February at the Civic Centre in Hounslow, with the final budget decision being made by all councillors on 1 March.

Cllr Jagdish Sharma, leader of Hounslow Council said: “The near 7,000 responses we received were vital in helping us to make the tough choices about where we can save money after central government cut £60 million from our budget over the next four years.

"The strong responses offered about a number of the necessary savings proposals have shown us areas where our residents simply don’t want to see cuts or a reduction in services. We are committed to listening to the people of Hounslow and making sure your views are heard and these services are protected as much as possible.

“I wish we didn’t have to make these cuts to services, but the response we have received from residents has been staggering. I would like to thank each and every person who returned the form and let you know your views have been heard and we are trying our hardest to protect the services which clearly matter to you.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable residents in Hounslow, and with the public’s help I believe we can do this, despite the huge cuts to government funding we are faced with.”

Petition update 5 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

A further hand written petition has been submitted containing 1023 signatures. These have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 4 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

An addtional two hand written petitions have been submitted in relation to this subject. One petition contained 640 signatures and the second contained 214 signatures. A total of 854 signatures have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 3 from the council, 03 February 2011, while petition was still open

A manual petition has been handed in and the 560 signatures have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 2 from the council, 02 February 2011, while petition was still open

This petition will be presented to Borough Council on the 1st March 2011. The agenda for this meeting will be published at least 7 days before the meeting is held and can be found at the following web address:

Petition update 1 from the council, 26 January 2011, while petition was still open

Please note, that as well as this petition being presented to Borough Council it is also being forwarded to the relevant departments to inform the wider consultation process.

Whilst the formal consultation period has closed, departments and Councillors have been informed of your petition so that discussions can take place well ahead of any final decisions being made on cuts.

Councillors and departments are being updated regularly on the number of people of who have signed up to this position and will be advised of the total signatories once the position has closed

More details from petition creator

Hounslow Council has proposed to shut down Hounslow Youth Service to save money. This would see closure of Youth Service provision that is currently used by many young people across the borough. Young people between the ages of 11-21 who attend THE VOICE YOUTH PROJECT based at Hounslow Youth Centre, Kingsley Road, Hounslow along with all other Youth Service projects feel that they need such a provision that supports them to participate in structured activities such as volunteering, informal learning, accreditation, integration in a safe environment which prepares them for the future and respect for community values and better integration.

Current signatories

Mr Saqib Khan, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Navdeep Jandu
  • Sarah Vass
  • S. Stewart
  • Graham Seaman
  • Luke Kouame
  • Saameer
  • Taran
  • Puja Sharma
  • shane cole
  • Hina Bhalsod
  • Aneesa Chaudri
  • Kimberley O'Brien
  • Desire marianne
  • Aysha Chaudhry
  • Jahangir Baig
  • Fahin Ahmed
  • Hassan Sheraz
  • rishpal channa
  • Hemanshu Mashru
  • Kiran Rafiq
  • Mary Blyth
  • Michelle Yaralli
  • Evelina Zudovaite
  • Deborah Hutcheson
  • Sarah Branson
  • Nafisah
  • Edward
  • David Blackett
  • Rebekah Burrow
  • jamal meer
  • Lindsay Eagleton
  • Amarpal Khuttan
  • Christopher Nicoll
  • Stephanie Mildenhall
  • Chris Stewart
  • Irfaan Saheb
  • Avinash Beghi
  • Harsimran Sall
  • Zain Hassan
  • Louis Nicholls
  • Milan Parmar
  • Harveen Sihra
  • Haya Junaid
  • tyran plahe
  • Kishan Kansara
  • shiv bhatt
  • Avmeeta Virdee
  • Zara Hassan
  • Anisah
  • Christopher McCafferty
  • Sanjay Syan
  • Kyle Powell
  • Betiel
  • Aman Lotay
  • Azeem Shaikh
  • Siobhan Firmin
  • Ajay
  • Joanna John
  • Shivani Thakur
  • Loveneet Toor
  • Rajdeep Sidhu
  • Gurjeet Sangha
  • Tania Schulz
  • Roshni Mehra
  • Alka Masson
  • Navreet Sahota
  • Zaynah
  • Leah Soiza
  • Melissa Simson
  • Nelson Bedi
  • Claire Barrett
  • Harbir Dhillon
  • Radhika Badiani
  • Daniel Roberts
  • natasha younus
  • Ravinder Badyal
  • Kwan Lam
  • Manraj Lotay
  • Jay Bhadricha
  • Monica shija
  • Vipin Sharma
  • Kirenjit Jatana
  • Amarpreet Sindhar
  • Kevin Mandalia
  • Steven Thogo
  • Hiten
  • Jessica Alexandra Payne
  • Manveer Sidhu
  • Alki Makwana
  • Pravjit Dhaliwall
  • Safiyyah Khan
  • Gagandeep Chaggar
  • Theo Adebayo
  • Sonia Fernandes
  • Ajaib Bagh
  • Shreya Patel
  • Tanuj Jain
  • Mahad Farooqui
  • Manpreet Chaggar
  • Charmi Shah
  • Rebecca Powell
  • sehar naseem
  • Fatima Naseem
  • Feras Ibrahim
  • Sufyan
  • Randeep Kaur Sonik
  • Abid Attia
  • Dr Ranvir Singh
  • Youcef berour
  • Naseema Dincha
  • Kavita Mandalia
  • Jasjot
  • Camilla Milinska
  • Eagal "The Great One" Abdi
  • Debbie Bartley
  • Merry Skaria
  • Hari Daddar
  • Shruthi Narayana
  • Ana Fernandes
  • Esther Angel
  • frazer berry
  • Niama Saleh
  • James
  • Sophia Pisani
  • rachel
  • K Ward
  • Alexandra Giles
  • Mary Khan
  • Gabriella Giles
  • Vaishali
  • Helle Kaiser-Nielsen
  • 2,437 offline signatures