Village facility to close

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 October 2010

A COMMUNITY building in Worle is to close due to a lack of support.

The decision to shut Preanes Green Resource Centre was made at an open meeting at the facility last week, where less than 20 people were present.

The centre, based in one of the shops off Clovelly Road, used to have over 300 members, but now there are only around a faithful 40.

When applying for the grants to fund the operations of the centre, a key element is how many members the organisation has and how many people the funds will be spent providing services for.

While the youth club is well attended, as is the over 50s club, the two parts of the organisation were not enough to ensure the future of the resource centre.

Councillor Edward Keating, who represents the area around the centre, was at the meeting last week.

He said: “It is extremely sad to see the resource centre close.

“When the centre opened, the estate had a lot of issues with antisocial behaviour, but thanks to the work of the facility, particularly the youth club, this problem has declined.

“A couple of years ago the current administration running North Somerset Council cut the community development team which assisted organisations like Preanes Green Resource Centre in maintaining membership and in gaining funding.

“In my opinion, without this support it has been difficult for the centre to operate and the committee has done well to continue as long as it has.”

The centre, which was originally set up by former town councillor Dave Evans, will continue to run five days a week, from 10am to 12noon until the end of November.

After this a reduced service of two sessions a week, likely to be the youth club and over 50s club, will run up until March next year, when the lease on the property expires and the shop is returned to owner NSHousing.

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