Councils could work together to keep youth clubs open

PARISH councils may work together to stop youth clubs from disappearing from North Somerset’s villages.

With funding to youth clubs from North Somerset Council set to be cut completely, Banwell Parish Council has mooted the idea of working with the neighbouring authorities in Locking and Hutton.

Parish councils are being encouraged to band together to form local community groups, which would see them running the clubs which could otherwise vanish.

Bleadon Parish Council has already discussed working alongside Hutton to run a youth hub, and Banwell is now set to talk about the possibility of running a co-operative centre with its neighbours.

The council is also set to look at links with local businesses and both Banwell Primary School and Churchill Community School.

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Council chairman Liz Shayler said: “The main concern is that there are lots of children who go to the youth clubs who might otherwise not have anything to do. It is a worry that without the clubs the village may revert to the way it was a few years ago, and there would be a rise in antisocial behaviour.”

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