for 'long-awaited' £260k overhaul of Burnham football club
United Football Club's plans to expand and modernise its clubhouse
have been given a major boost with a huge cash injection.
club has been awarded £225,000 of grant funding from waste
firm Viridor Credits and a further £10,000 from the Town
funding will enable a bigger, modern clubhouse to be built in
Burnham's Cassis Close to be used by senior and junior players.
Manager Ollie Taylor, pictured, issued a plea for funding
during the latest Town Council meeting, saying: "The current
building is very out of date, having been built over 50 years
ago. It is no longer manageable. The electrics are very outdated
and the building has a leaking roof.
total cost of our project is £260,000 and we already have
a 90 per cent grant from Viridor Credits plus £20,000 of
RLT3 funding. These improvements have been long-awaited."
£10,000 short so we're appealing for help from the Town
Council with the rest coming from our fundraising. Football provides
opportunities for all in the area and this new building will help
us help develop players."
councillor Phil Harvey told the meeting: "I support this,
but I do see Cassis Close as a lost opportunity. There are many
disparate buildings there and with the help of a £2million
lottery grant we could have had a fantastic modern building to
accommodate all the groups. If only that could have been considered
many years ago."
Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "I fully back the project and
feel we must support this. For Viridor to give such considerable
backing, it shows this is a well thought out project that will
benefit the community."
Andy Brewer added: "This is a very worthwhile project and
£10,000 is not a huge amount for us to give towards it.
It's important to bring the facilities up to modern standards."
with the bulk of the Town Council's grant funds budget spent for
2015 after several major applications in recent months, councillors
discussed several options on how to fund the project, including
using regeneration funds.
the members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee agreed
to give £5,000 of grant funding now to the project with
a further £5,000 coming next financial year. The decision
is subject to the final agreement of the full Town Council at
their meeting in the New Year.
Taylor welcomed the news, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards:
"It is great news and exciting times for the club. Work will
begin in March and we hope to finish in September."