SUPPORTERS of a popular youth club in Winsford say they fear the worse after the council refused to say whether or not it will remain in its current home.

New Images youth club, in Nixon Drive, could be demolished when building work starts on the new Winsford E-Act Academy - details of which are expected to be released this week.

However campaigners have accused Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) of doing nothing to safeguard the future of the centre should the current building stand in the way of Academy plans.

Clr Mike Kennedy, chairman of the New Images Action Group, said: “It is my understanding that there is no space on the plan for New Images.

“And, as far as we are concerned, there is no alternative provision being offered. The youth club will be knocked down along with all the others in the borough that have gone in recent years.

“Over the last 12 months our group has had all sorts of statements from councillors, officers and lead officers from CWAC regarding the continued use and support of New Images.

“However, we are somewhat unconvinced and will only be certain of the centre’s future once the new Academy plans are available.”

The club was saved from closure in 2003 when the building was sold to the former Verdin High School. It is now run by youth service provider, Connexions.

A spokesperson for CWAC, said: “We can’t say for certain whether New Images will stay in its current home or will move elsewhere but we are working with Connexions to ensure we can continue to provide youth provision in Winsford.

“Once the plans are released, whatever happens, we will be consulting with users and decision makers and are committed to ensuring the service provided by the youth centre will remain in the town.”