Centres told to fund themselves
COMMUNITY centres in Tiverton should not rely on receiving support from local authorities, a town councillor has claimed.
Cllr Wally Burke told members of the town council's financial and general purposes committee that community centres should be able to fund the cost of running the facilities themselves rather than asking for money from hard-pressed councils.
The comments came in light of a request for funding to support a newly-launched Old Heathcoat School Community Centre appeal to replaced the 100-year-old building's windows, which are in a poor condition.
The centre wanted to be considered for town and parish (TAP) funding to contribute towards the estimated £120,000 cost of installing new windows.
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The TAP fund was set up by Devon County Council and district councils to be used by local communities to financially support valuable projects.
Recognising the major cost of the project, the request for funding suggested the fund might be able to sponsor one of the larger windows in the main hall at an estimated cost of around £10,000.
Cllr Burke said: "I don't think we should give any community centre TAP funding. They should be able to fund the running of their centres on their own, instead of keep coming to the town council."
However, other councillors, including former Mayor Cllr Tom Lindus, disagreed.
He said: "TAP funding is for everyone." He went on to say: "On this particular item, the TAP fund is not really suitable to give the sort of money they are looking for, but I don't think we can ban community centres."
Cllr Neal Davey agreed: "I think it would be completely wrong to have some carte-blanche refusal to support community centre's with TAP funding.""
Earlier in the meeting, members of the committee agreed to put forward a request for £1,500 from Tiverton Town Band for new uniforms and £250 from the Friends of the Grand Western Canal to replace promotional materials.