Fears for games area money

EXCITING plans to install multi use games areas in Clevedon and Portishead could also fall foul of the Tory's cash cutting drive. A total of £284,000 had been put aside from cash raised from the sale of North Somerset's council housing to install five new

EXCITING plans to install multi use games areas in Clevedon and Portishead could also fall foul of the Tory's cash cutting drive.A total of £284,000 had been put aside from cash raised from the sale of North Somerset's council housing to install five new MUGAs across the district.One of these was at the Salthouse Fields and two in Portishead - one at Avon Way and the other at Blackdown Road.Although council purseholders have agreed to release the £60,000 needed to complete the facility at Avon Way, the other two have been put on hold while the current schemes are evaluated to see if they are beneficial to the community and prove to be value for money.Other projects under the spotlight as a result of the cash cuts are plans to refurbish Pill Youth Centre.Work should have already started on the building but has been delayed while councillors look again at the project.The same has happened at Portishead Youth Centre with a grant of £120,000 being held in abeyance while purseholders re-scrutinise the plans to redevelop the Harbour Road site.A sum of £251,000 put aside to replace Congresbury's dilapidated youth centre has been scrapped, with the money going to be spent elsewhere.Councillors had also earmarked £50,000 towards a project to bring empty properties back into use to solve the housing crisis.This too has been scrapped with the money being ploughed back into the authority's coffers.It is hoped overall the cuts to services will claw back a total of £2.1 million which will be ploughed back into council coffers.The cuts come at the same time as the authority is facing legal action by Pill pensioner Pat Bath who claims it has slashed the amount of money due to be spent on affordable housing in the district.The authority received £28 million as part of the sale of all its council housing to social landlord North Somerset Housing.* What do you think? Haven't people waited long enough for these projects to come to fruition, only for them to be scrapped as part of cost saving measures? Or do you agree that all of the projects need to be rescrutinised and some dropped completely. Write with your views to Mailbox, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or email us your letters to nstimes@archant.co.uk


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