Charity moving out over costs

PUBLISHED: 16:29 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

HIGH rental costs and increased parking charges have led to the charity Home-Start deciding to move out of Royston. Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire, a charity which provides support for young families, has been based at the Royston Health C

HIGH rental costs and increased parking charges have led to the charity Home-Start deciding to move out of Royston.

Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire, a charity which provides support for young families, has been based at the Royston Health Centre since it was set up more than 25 years ago.

It is now moving to larger premises at Valley Farm in Meldreth.

Town councillor Lindsay Davidson, a former chairman of Royston Home-Start, said: "This is just another sad example of organisations, businesses, and charities being forced out of our town.

"I know it would have liked to stay in Royston, but it was unable to find any premises that were within its budget, as rents in Royston are so high these days."

Cllr Davidson added that increased parking charges had also been a "deciding factor" in the move, as they have greatly increased the charities staffing and administration costs.

A spokesman for Home-Start said: "We just needed somewhere larger really. Unfortunately there wasn't anywhere in Royston which we could afford.

"But it's only our address that is changing - we are not saying goodbye to Royston as our move will not affect the support we offer to families in Royston and south Cambridgeshire.

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