'Youth hub' plan could save village centre

PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 October 2011


A Somerset village may lose its youth centre next year as council cuts come into effect.

The club has been open in the village for 50 years but now the parish council has six months to find funding to keep it.

Bleadon’s youth centre currently receives around £800 per year from North Somerset Council towards its running costs of £4,000, but that will end in April next year.

The parish council is hopeful that the centre can become a hub for other villages in the area and secure new funding.

Bleadon Parish Councillor Keith Pyke said: “Other youth club managers are not as prepared for the cuts. We have known for years so we are in a good position to work this into something positive.”

He said that if the centre becomes one of six ‘youth hubs’ across North Somerset that it could receive extra funding from the council.

But if not, he said that the centre will have more freedom as long as the money can be found from elsewhere to keep it open.

He said: “If the centre is not run by North Somerset we can open it for longer – we won’t need to be restricted by their regulations”

“What was appallingly negative news a few months ago we can now make better. It’s just finding the money.”

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