Funds roll in for town's youth centre

EXCITING plans to redevelop and expand Portishead's youth centre are back on track - after the project received a cash windfall. The North Somerset Times revealed

EXCITING plans to redevelop and expand Portishead's youth centre are back on track - after the project received a cash windfall.The North Somerset Times revealed last year how the project to expand and improve the Harbour Road site had hit a temporary glitch because of a shortfall in funding.Initially the management committee had priced the first phase of works at £580,000.But when North Somerset Council, which is now project managing the works, took a look at the costs, it said a further £80,000 was needed, taking the costs up to £640,000.Now it has been revealed £120,000 has been earmarked for the work, with the money being allocated from funds following the transfer of the authority's homes to a housing association last year.A further £35,000 has been given by Yanley and North Somerset Environmental Company (YANSEC) and Portishead Town Council has confirmed a further £50,000. Grants totalling £75,000 - the donors of which have not been revealed - have also been given.Portishead Youth Centre manager Alan Rowe said: "We now have the money to start phase one of the work. We are currently in the process of putting together a bid to Children in Need towards the cost of the second phase of the project."The management committee is very hopeful that work can start on phase one of the project in the very near future."The first phase of the work would see the entrance to the building remodelled with a new terrace, kitchen, reception, admin and cafe area.The second phase of the work will see the construction of a new sports hall.


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