youth club's future saved by council's £3,500 boost
future of Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club has been saved this week
thanks to a new £3,500 cash injection from the Town Council.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the club - based
at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close - was set to shut when its original
funding ran out.
the council then temporarily extended its funding and the club has
since formed a new management committee and undertaken fundraising.
of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee this week debated
the group's new application for £3,500 towards new projects
for young people to learn new skills.
Martin Cox said: "They do a great job - I'm very supportive
of the BAY Centre's projects and groups."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "I would support that suggestion,
but would like to see another similiar youth club in Highbridge
being treated the same and getting the same level of funding too."
Phil Harvey said: "Each group's application should be considered
on its merits - we can't consider other groups who haven't yet applied
John Parkes added: "There's £5,000 in our budget for
youth provision, so I say give this group the full amount. They
provide a safe, educational environment, do a lot of good work,
and deserve our support."
Andy Brewer agreed, saying: "I find this application to be
very encouraging application. The latest statistics from the group
show they have 50 regular members and they do great work. I also
like that the total cost of the project is £6,000 and they
have other funding coming from fundraising and other grants. As
our Mayor said recently that helping youths is our theme for the
year, I fully support this application."
Cllr Janet Keen said: "£3,500 is a great deal to give
from our budget so early on in our financial year for a group that
has 20 people attending some sessions - I'm supportive of the group,
but reluctant to hand over £3,500."
Cllr Kate Lawson responded: "The amount is not too much at
all to help our youth community - they are doing a lot of great
work, and fundraising themselves."
David Hogarth added: "It is very disappointing that no-one
from the group is here to respond." The clerk explained that
a representative had been invited but had been unable to attend.
voted in favour of awarding the grant - with six members in favour,
one councillor against and two abstaining. The decision is subject
to the agreement of the full town council at its next meeting in
afterwards, the youth group's David Sinclair told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are very grateful for this grant from the Town Council
and will continue to invest in the youth work we are doing in Burnham."
we are run by the parents themselves, we can make sure every penny
goes directly into the youth work in Burnham-On-Sea."