Unique opportunity

IT WAS interesting to read the article in last week's edition concerning the sale of Sands Night Club and Restaurant to North Somerset District Council (NSC)

IT WAS interesting to read the article in last week's edition concerning the sale of Sands Night Club and Restaurant to North Somerset District Council (NSC) and joint bidder the Kilmartin Group in order to ease the way forward in the future regeneration of the whole area.

I feel that NSC and Weston Town Council may now have a unique opportunity to help solve an ongoing difficulty with the financing of the Barcode youth project.

Would it not now be prudent to consider moving this facility into authority owned premises such as the Sands Restaurant where the town council could be offered a 'preferential rent' rather than continuing to pay commercial rent to a private landlord on the South Parade site, thus helping to make substantial savings in the overheads of this essential local youth facility.

In the case of the licenced club section of the building perhaps this could be operated by NSC along the lines of the H2O Bar at the Winter Gardens Complex or offered to a private operator on a 'Short Term' lease.


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Finally when the regeneration development commences NSC and the successful partner company should incorporate a 'Barcode Caf� Bar' into the new development, thereby giving it a 'Long Term' future home.

PETE HOLDER

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Severn Road, Weston

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