Town Council defends its youth policy after criticism
and Highbridge Town Council has defended its youth policy following
recent criticism during a local election campaign.
Town Council says it "cares a great deal about supporting the
young people in our community" following recent comments, as
we reported here.
Council by-election candidate Bev Milner Simonds pointed out that
the Town Council's latest budget has earmarked 26.69% of its funding
on "residents who are dead" through maintaining graveyards,
while 1.2% of its funding goes to "youth provision."
the Town Council has said this week that it works within the financial
constraints of its annual budget and helps to support as many groups
as it can.
Clerk Tatiana Cant told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Last year the
Council gave grants totalling £10,320 to local youth groups
including the BAY Centre, In Charley's Memory, Sea Cadets, Kazdance,
and Monarchs Gymnastics Club and is likely to make similar grants
addition to this there are a large number of other small organisations
catering for young people over a wide age-range and these have their
own funding arrangements in place."
clerk added: "We are already addressing this issue very seriously
and we are keen to work with groups providing activities for young
will be attending a multi-agency meeting to discuss possibilities
with Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and local
groups to look at a more joined-up approach to youth provision across
Council has alao set aside a separate budget to contribute towards
a local scheme once this is agreed.
Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock has chosen to highlight youth provision
as his charitable cause and welcomes suggestions of ways to help
promote and support youth groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.