Threat to £100,000 centre funding bid

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Threat to £100,000 centre funding bid

The Isle of Wight Council and Ventnor Town Council cannot agree over the future of the former coastal visitors centre.

VENTNOR Town Council has only itself to blame if it loses out on £100,000 of funding, according to the leader of the Isle of Wight Council — who has dealt the latest blow in a row over the town’s coastal centre building.

The town council had hoped to acquire the Isle of Wight Council-owned building to develop a business and enterprise hub, in a bid to tackle youth unemployment in Ventnor, but the authority has made it clear it intends to sell it on the open market.

Ward councillor Chris Welsford has accused the local authority of jeopardising £100,000 of grant funding, which the town council has applied for to help realise the project.

But council leader Cllr David Pugh said the town council should have consulted with the authority first.

"It was a surprise to the local authority that an application for a substantial grant was made without first asking the Isle of Wight Council, the owner of the building, whether it would be made available.

"It was premature, in my view, to apply for that funding," he said.

"We are not minded to make the building available on the very generous terms the town council requested, as a gift or at a peppercorn rent.

"I hope they have looked at other buildings and have flexibility around that, or they will have only themselves to blame if they lose the funding — which I’m not even sure they have anyway."

Cllr Pugh urged the town council to nominate the coastal centre as a locally important asset under the new Community Right to Bid legislation, introduced under the Localism Act.



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by Don Prescott

7th December 2012, at 13:08:17

"You seem to know a lot"

"seem" being the operative word!

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by Mike Crowe

7th December 2012, at 07:55:25

Kevin your silence worries me after all the work the volunteers have put in. You seem to know a lot, should I warn The Friends that their labour and devotion has been a waste of time?

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2012, at 19:52:00

Oh dear :-( Do you mean that the Theatre may still go tits up? :-(

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

6th December 2012, at 18:42:31

how is that jumping to Pughs defence? Its taken this awful council 3 years to even get the papers on the table meanwhile the Theatre continued to hang in the balance. The final hurdle will be in spite of the councils efforts, not because of them

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2012, at 16:10:40

Robert I have to come to David Pugh's defence here. Shanklin Theatre and all those who fought to save it.

And now?

Just let that roll for a while, read and inwardly digest, ........... and there is more to come on the bright side :-)

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6th December 2012, at 15:48:06

Its nice of council leader PUGH saying that the council should have consulted with the authority first. BUT WHEN IN the past had PUGH or the AUTHORITY EVER listened to anyone but themselves.

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2012, at 12:07:31

""The town council had hoped to acquire the Isle of Wight Council-owned building""

Perhaps this was just a practice run, ... County Hall next?

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by Don Prescott

6th December 2012, at 11:37:36

The problem here is that we have an ugly duckling that believes it is a swan.

Ventnor - population 6,000 - Town Councillors 11 - Town Clerks TWO - employees TWO "Development workers".

2012/13 precept £135,000.

Ryde - population 30,000 - Town Councillors 16 - Town Clerks 2 - emplopyees 0

2012/13 precept 331,000

Councillors to residents ratio:
Ventnor 1 Councillor to 545 residents
Ryde 1 Councillor to 1,875 residents

Town Clerks to residents ratio.
Ventnor 1 Town Clerk to 3,000 residents
Ryde 1 Town Clerk to 15,000 residents

Paid staff to residents ratio.
Ventnor 1 paid staff to 3,000 residents
Ryde 0 paid staff to 30,000 residents

And now they want to be "given" the Coastal visitors Centre to continue their empire building at the expense of the hard pressed council tax payers.


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