Practicalities

PUBLISHED: 11:19 10 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:25 24 May 2010

For the record, my personal interest in the Kodak building was borne out of a suggestion made by Mr Shier, of the Portishead Tourism Group, informing the town council that the empty Kodak building may be available for the use of our youngsters, free of ch

For the record, my personal interest in the Kodak building was borne out of a suggestion made by Mr Shier, of the Portishead Tourism Group, informing the town council that the empty Kodak building may be available for the use of our youngsters, free of charge. Councillor John H Clarke (Lib-Dem) and I were approached to investigate the practical use of such a facility. However, as expressed in a recent letter from Councillor Gething, obstacles must be overcome but surely it is right and proper that the practicalities of such an opportunity be, at least, explored. Funding does not have to come from council tax money but a viability study is essential in order to move things forward - or not.Councillor Gething's letter further implies that such interest in the Kodak building is "at best a cynical piece of headline grabbing and at worst a cruel deception on the young people of the town" ... and that the young people of our town are treated as "some sort of underclass to be kept out of sight and out of mind". It must be assumed that his pique may be attributed to the distinct lack of universal support for the playground proposals costing £70,000. Proposals largely developed by him but to which neither the district ward councillor nor town councillors for Coast Ward were made privy. This money should, if it is to be spent on the Lake Grounds, be diverted to the general improvement and outstanding maintenance issues that have befallen the area. No significant monies have been spent in many years (other than, ironically, upgrading and improving the play area, less than two years ago). It is now clear to all who visit, that the Lake Grounds have fallen into disrepair and in some areas is positively dangerous and the fabric of this much-used facility continues to deteriorate. Diverting these funds, £40,000 from district council and £30,000 from town will be to the benefit of EVERYONE. Surely this is a more cost-effective use of this spend? After all, the longer these problems are neglected, the more will have to be spent in the future.Councillor David Pasley (Conservative) Coast Ward

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