Can we have cash please?

RESIDENTS who want to build a new community centre in a 'forgotten' part of Weston are still waiting for cash help. Earlier this month the Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed that Reverend Robert Channon had offered to sell one of his churches to raise cas

RESIDENTS who want to build a new community centre in a 'forgotten' part of Weston are still waiting for cash help.Earlier this month the Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed that Reverend Robert Channon had offered to sell one of his churches to raise cash for a new community centre on the Maltlands.Rev Channon and fellow community centre committee member Sarah Pearce met last week with North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton to ask for £10,000 to keep the existing building open until a new one is built. They have not yet heard if the money will be handed over.Mrs Pearce, the centre's manager, said: "I'm disappointed nobody has yet got back to us with an answer. They did say we'd hear within seven days."Rev Channon has suggested selling Church Road Methodist Church, in Upper Church Road, to pay for a new community HQ on the site of the current building.North Somerset's executive member for community services, Cllr Ian Peddlesden, who was also at the meeting, said: "We will not let the centre close but we cannot just provide lump sum funding when we have not seen a business plan."We will probably provide a small amount of money on a month to month basis. No decision has been made yet."But we will keep them afloat until they can get a business plan together."Two senior council officers have been assigned to the centre in order to help improve the way its run. There will be a public meeting at the centre on Saturday, from 10am-12noon, to discuss its future.


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