Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New home for Horsell Scouts & Guides?

Horsell Scouts and Guides has been fundraising for what seems like forever for a new headquarters. The existing building, which is used by the scouts and guides themselves, Young World pre-school and the Karen Clarke dance school needs much on-going maintenance. The group is now reaching the stage where it may have enough to match any funding it can source from grants and it has looked into the funds available from various sources, including Woking Council.

Woking Council has discussed plans with the group and a paper is going to this week's council Executive meeting with proposals as to how the Council might potentially provide funds in the future for Horsell Scouts and Guides and other voluntary groups across Woking, including Horsell Village Hall, sports facilities in Alpha Road and Goldsworth Park and community facilities in Byfleet, Old Woking and St Johns. In summary the paper suggests that money generated from the Council's ownership of Wolsey Place may be used in future to help fund improvements to local community facilities. It is also suggested that this money could be supplanted by subscription from local individuals and businesses.

This matter goes before Woking's Conservative executive on Thursday. I don't have a vote on it but I can say a few words. I am interested to hear your views on this. You can email me at cllrann-marie.barker@woking.gov.uk

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