Council defends cash refusal

PUBLISHED: 02:24 04 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 May 2010

A PARISH COUNCIL has denied it did not give a donation to a primary school because not enough children came from the area. Last week the Somerset Mercury reported that Weare First School headteacher David Williams was disappointed after a request to Compt

A PARISH COUNCIL has denied it did not give a donation to a primary school because not enough children came from the area.Last week the Somerset Mercury reported that Weare First School headteacher David Williams was disappointed after a request to Compton Bishop Parish Council for a donation towards equipment was refused.But council chairman Michael Tobin has said it was a difficult decision but that there were several reasons why they could not help.In a letter Cllr Tobin said: "Many of the schools attended by children from the parish, including Weare First School, are not actually in the parish so the council felt a donation to just one of the schools would be unfair."Along with a heavily committed budget, the parish were also legally advised that donations from one publicly funded body to another are difficult, as there has to be a full equivalent financial benefit."Cllr Tobin underlined his regret to have to turn down the school's request.

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