Fears raised over future of clubs

By Clare Newman

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


SEVERAL sports and social clubs could fold if an Isle of Wight Council grant dries up, according to a councillor.

Cllr Chris Whitehouse has claimed that if the Isle of Wight Council go through with their plan to withdraw their annual £4,000 grant to Newport Victoria Sports and Social Club — which runs the recreation ground and pavilion — as part of budget cuts, there will be no choice but to fold.

"There is a real danger that if a compromise cannot be found the committee will face insolvency and will have to fold. The consequence would possibly be the demolition of the pavilion and the closure of the cricket ground. Nobody wants that, and I hope common sense will prevail."

The grant is used to pay for the upkeep of the ground and pavilion, which is used by Newport Cricket Club, Newport Vics table tennis club and several other sports and dance and fitness groups.

A meeting took place yesterday (Monday) between Cllr Whitehouse, chairman of the club committee Brian Knight, and Isle of Wight Council officers, though no progress was made.

Mr Knight said: "We told them of our situation and they have now gone back to the council. It’s an ongoing situation but if we lose the money we will have no choice but to fold."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 25.

Reporter: sport@iwcpmail.co.uk

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