YMCA to expand?

WESTON’S YMCA could offer an expanded range of services to both young and elderly people in the resort if new proposals go ahead.

Speaking at Weston Town Council’s meeting on Monday, the town branch’s chief executive, Martin Hodgson, said plans were afoot to expand what the Bristol Road Lower-based organisation could offer.

He said the organisation was aiming to develop nine flats above the current club to provide supported ‘move-on’ accommodation for young people moving away from difficult situations.

The revenue from the accommodation could be used to create activity spaces for both young and elderly people to use and mix, based on a similar scheme in Bridgwater where both can use the internet in a caf�.

The Weston branch of the organisation has completed a merger with the Bridgwater club, meaning many initiatives will be shared. A planning application is expected to be submitted to North Somerset Council in the next two months.

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Mr Hodgson said: “My major concern is that in the long term the current situation is not sustainable. We need to think smarter about what we can do to provide facilities for young people.”

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