youth club to close as council funding runs out
popular Burnham-On-Sea youth club is set to close at the end of
the year when council funding runs out, it has emerged this week.
Zone Youth Club, which is based at Burnham's BAY Centre, has been
successfully running every Tuesday evening for over four years.
Windsor, the youth club leader, said the children were all "very
upset" when she broke the news to them this week.
club is used by children age 11-19, with parents saying its numbers
have "quadrupled during the last few months."
parent, Jayne Lilley, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The club allows
the children to be independent and it gives them a safe environment
off the streets where they can make new friends and feel a part
despite it's current success, the Town Council have decided they
can no longer manage the club and it will close at Christmas."
added: "We are still hopeful that by increasing publicity of
this situation there may be a way that the club can be saved."
children get to engage in activities such as cooking, games, computers,
consoles, quizzes and music. The children also have a say in how
the club is run and play an important role in organizing activities."
councillors decided at their October meeting that the council would
not give further funding to the youth club from the start of 2017.
considered a letter from Somerset Rural Youth Project regarding
Youth Club Provision after December 2016.
were concerned about the cost of this," explained a Town Council
spokesperson, adding that extra funding would be required to run
agreed unanimously not to proceed after Christmas and the Clerk
was asked to write to SRYP and Somerset County Council to inform
them of the councils decision."
Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee also considered the
club's viability back in August when the Town Clerk reported that
"the club has low numbers."
added: "The children really want their Youth Club to stay open
and we asked them this week to give some reasons why we should stay
include: We are all kind to each other; We learn new things; We
listen to great music that everyone enjoys; We laugh; We play games
and sports to exercise; We always have great ideas to make it better;
It's a time to spend off consoles; We make new friends; The leaders
are hard working and give up their time; We have sweets and fruits
and more tasty treats; We have great memories; We cook; and best
of all we have fun."