YMCA to become new managers of the Weston Youth Centre
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 July 2014
THE YMCA team will take over Weston Youth Centre and £40,000 will be given to the organisation to help improve the building.
The decision to grant a 25-year lease to YMCA Somerset Coast comes after North Somerset Council set out to find a group to take on the building in Coleridge Road last year.
At the time the Mercury reported a sum of £100,000 was needed to repair the centre.
A decision notice from a trio of executive council members - Jeremy Blatchford, Tony Lake and Felicity Baker - states the services planned for the building will vary in content to meet the needs of the community.
It says: “It is expected the current outcomes achieved will continue to be provided after the lease has been granted.
“Officers are satisfied that following a period of review, the initial business plan indicates sufficient financial resilience and resources available to take on a 25-year full-repairing lease.”
The centre currently provides a space where young people can socialise, practise art, music, and sports skills including boxing.
And a range of activities, aimed at reducing the impact of substance abuse on parents with young children, are also held at the building.
The decision notice says a £40,000 grant will be given to the YMCA from the council’s Community Investment Fund and the centre is to be used for general community activities by charities and voluntary groups, serving residents, children and young people in Weston.
Weston Boxing Club will also make a ‘significant contribution’ according to the decision notice, to fund both building work and its own equipment.
This contribution comes from a £100,000 grant from the South Ward Regeneration Programme, which is currently being held by the council due to its role as the accountable body.