Council will lose cash for young people unless lease is agreed

A PARISH council has less than a month to secure a £250,000 investment for two North Somerset villages. The creation of the new children's facilities at Banwell Youth and Community Centre, which will also serve the Winscombe area, was approved by North S

A PARISH council has less than a month to secure a £250,000 investment for two North Somerset villages. The creation of the new children's facilities at Banwell Youth and Community Centre, which will also serve the Winscombe area, was approved by North Somerset Council earlier this year.But Banwell Parish Council has been arguing over the lease for months due to disagreements among councillors about rent and insurance.Before the local elections, Cllr Peter Shipton asked his personal solicitor to look at the lease without informing other councillors.After much debate, councillors agreed to send its amendments to its own solicitor for comment. However, at a parish council meeting on Tuesday, district councillor Tim Marter told villagers they risked losing funding if they could not agree on the lease within three weeks.He said: "We are getting very close to losing it altogether with regards to the time frame."If you do not move it forwards we will lose a very good facility for both parishes."The parish council received the comments of its solicitor over amendments to the lease but decided not to send the altered document to the authority immediately until all councillors had a chance to notify the clerk, Nicky Hooper, of their views. They agreed to sign the lease at the next council meeting on July 9.


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