Can the parishes help?

SUPPORTERS of Barcode youth cafe have asked those who benefit from the venue to show their appreciation in more than just words

SUPPORTERS of Barcode youth cafe have asked those who benefit from the venue to show their appreciation in more than just words. Weston town councillor Mark Canniford has asked town clerk Linda Larter to write to parishes in North Somerset to ask for grants to help support facilities at the venue in South Parade, Weston. He said: "If the parishes around Weston want their young people to benefit from Barcode they should make a donation. "Up to now they have not been asked but we will give them the opportunity to show their support."The plea for funds comes as the venue's future hangs in the balance, with a final vote on whether it will continue at its present location taking place at a full town council meeting on March 13. While some town councillors have voiced concerns that the youth cafe has made heavy losses this year, most agree on the merits of Barcode remaining where it is.Cllr Canniford this week sought to underline the need for extra funding."This is an affordable ground-breaking adventure that needs everyone's support and time to flourish," he said.Liberal Democrat members of the town council have suggested parishes could lay on bus services to and from the venue in an effort to increase the number of youths visiting the under 18s venue.Cllr Canniford is also calling on North Somerset Council, as well as surrounding villages, to back the alcohol-free cafe. He added: "They cannot expect to take any credit for Barcode unless they put their hands into their pockets and help pay for the facility.


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