Cash flow slows plans

EXCITING plans to build a new boathouse at Clevedon's Marine Lake have been put on hold - because of a funding shortfall. The Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society (MARLENS) had planned to start work on demolishing the current dilapidated boathouse at the lake

EXCITING plans to build a new boathouse at Clevedon's Marine Lake have been put on hold - because of a funding shortfall.The Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society (MARLENS) had planned to start work on demolishing the current dilapidated boathouse at the lake and replace it with a new one this month.But work has had to be delayed while the group look at ways of raising the final £5,000 needed towards the £22,000 cost of the project.MARLENS spokesman Arthur Knott said: "The shortfall in funding has come about because we have had more financial demands on us than we initially thought."We underestimated how much the project to rebuild the boathouse would cost and we have also spent some of our funds on training instructors, the festival and on other activities at the lake."Mr Knott said he hoped extra funds would soon be identified and that work would quickly get underway with the building being completed in time for next year's activities on the lake.The group is holding a meeting on November 23 in a bid to recruit new members to MARLENS and are asking for fund-raising ideas.Mr Knott added: "We are redoubling our fund-raising efforts and offers of financial help and practical suggestions should be sent to marlens@blueyonder.co.uk or 16 Cambridge Road, Clevedon, BS21 7HX."We are looking for help and enthusiasm to continue the regeneration of the seafront."This year the group has seen a number of successes including regular have a go sailing sessions and a swim/run event.Plans for the future include the construction of a new, wider slipway beside the lake and supporting the construction of new showers and changing rooms on the seafront.


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