New hall cash fears
DOUBTS have been cast over the future of an exciting project to build a new community hall in Portishead - after it was revealed North Somerset purseholders have yet to hand over cash towards the scheme. Portishead and North Weston Town Council has alread
DOUBTS have been cast over the future of an exciting project to build a new community hall in Portishead - after it was revealed North Somerset purseholders have yet to hand over cash towards the scheme.Portishead and North Weston Town Council has already earmarked £160,000 towards a £250,000 project to build a new hall as part of the development of the new Trinity Primary School at The Ashlands.North Somerset Council also has £90,000 in its coffers towards the scheme, but has yet to confirm it will be spent on the project.The news that the cash has yet to be allocated to the hall project has caused concern among town councillors who are worried that if the cash is not agreed, they will be forced to pick up the tab.Portishead councillor Andy Wright said: "I do not see how this project can go forward until we have the £90,000 confirmed by North Somerset Council."If this money does not come forward, will the town council have to make up the shortfall?"Other councillors also voiced concerns, including Don Cameron, who said: "There still seems to be a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up."I am very worried we will end up with the tax payers having to foot the bill if North Somerset Council don't agree the money."District councillor Dave Pasley, who is in charge of a committee set up to look at how the authority spends its 106 planning agreement money, said he was confident the cash would be allocated for the new hall.Cllr Pasley said he would be bringing the matter up with North Somerset Council chiefs in a bid to get a definite answer on allocating the money.Cllr Pasley added: "This 106 money is designated for community use on the Ashlands."I feel very positive that it will be spent on this project."Work has already started on building the new £2.7 million school, which is due to open in September next year.The school is a voluntary aided church foundation school and will have six classrooms, assembly hall, kitchen, reception hall, nursery, multi use games area and a computer suite.It is being built as part of the redevelopment of The Ashlands, which will see a further 1,650 homes being built in the town.