Please go ahead with our children's centre - villagers' plea

VILLAGERS are urging council chiefs not to forget about a much-needed facility for their community.

VILLAGERS are urging council chiefs not to forget about a much-needed facility for their community.

People living in Congresbury are keeping their fingers crossed that the new administration will still decide to put some cash towards a children's centre.

Villagers were deeply disappointed earlier this year when the plans for the building, which was due to be combined with a new youth club, were put on hold.

The facility was planned for the area next to the ball courts off Bristol Road.

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Councillor Tom Leimdorfer, who represents Congresbury for the unitary authority, says the results from the latest parish plan show 'overwhelming' support for the new facility and enthusiasm that the plans should not be shelved.

Cllr Leimdorfer says he is now hoping the authority will consider putting any left over money from this phase of the scheme towards the Congresbury facility or if not, considering it in the next phase of funding.

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He said: "A total of £150,000 had been allocated for the children's centre in Congresbury but it was put on hold in June.

"In the latest parish plan questionnaires distributed to households in the village there were specific questions about the children's centre and parishoners showed overwhelming support for the plans.

"We have been working on the scheme for more than two years and so it was a big disappointment when we found out it wasn't to go ahead for now.

"We therefore hope the administration will take another look at it. We are flexible."

Congresbury representatives were due to put up a stand at a children's centre conference at The For All Healthy Living Centre on Weston's Bournville estate on Wednesday.

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