Badminton players fear they will be left homeless
BADMINTON players fear they will be left without a home.
YMCA bosses announced last week it was moving from its Vittoria Walk home to the Oasis Youth Centre in Hester's Way on Monday.
But players like Mark Lawrence have been left with no evening slots for their sport.
The 49-year-old, from Charlton Kings, has played badminton with friends, and been a member of the sports club and gym, for five years. Mark, who played twice a week, said he had been left in the dark about the move.
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He added: "No one seemed to know what was going on.
"We would have been happy to move to Hester's Way, even though it is not as convenient, but now I am thinking there is no point being a member.
"We all feel there has not been enough communication from the YMCA about what is going on."
Mark's work colleague at a publishing company, Jason Pelta, feels the same. The 38-year-old, also from Charlton Kings, added: "The lack of communication has upset me.
"It is a shame really as it has left a bit of a bitter taste and that could have been avoided by talking to people."
The charity is bulldozing around 30 of its flats in Vittoria Walk along with the gym and sports hall in order to build 98 new homes on the site as part of a £4 million revamp.
Nobody from the YMCA was available for comment at the time of going to press.