gives £1,300 lifeline to keep Burnham youth club running
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge youth club - which was set to close
at the end of this year due to a lack of funding - has this week
been handed a funding lifeline by the Town Council to keep it running.
first reported here,
The Zone Youth Club at Burnham's BAY Centre has been successfully
running for over four years and was set to shut at the end of December
when its funding was due to run out.
club's Chairman David Sinclair attended a council meeting on Monday
evening (December 12th) where he appealed to councillors for a re-think
asking for funding to keep the club running until half term which
will give us enough time to apply for other grants and to produce
a long-term plan," he said.
parents, children and community are very passionate that the club
should continue running," he added.
councillors voted unanimously to give the club a £1,300 grant
to keep it running until the end of February.
Mike Facey backed the grant, but said it would be a "one-off
grant" and cautioned: "I would give a word of warning
- the group can't expect to come back for more. There are plenty
of other grant funding providers. We are not a pot of gold."
Kate Lawson added: "Having a youth club there is so important
for the town and I fully support this."
Janet Keen also supported the grant, but asked that the club keep
a "careful record of attendance numbers" so these can
be reviewed in February to assess its usage.
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "They do tremendous work down
there and I very much support it."
Clerk Denise Emery told the meeting: "I have been impressed
that a lot of work has been done by the group and it will be taking
a new direction on how it's managed that will make a real difference."
youth club's Chairman David Sinclair told Burnham-On-Sea.com after
the meeting: "We are delighted and very relieved at the council's
decision - this is something for us to build on."
club's Chairman David Sinclair with club members Ollie, Brandon
and George at Monday's council meeting where the fate of the club