Cash hope for youth

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton is keeping its fingers crossed that a councillor's bid for cash to buy a youth club venue will be successful. County councillor Christine Channon, who lives in the town, has asked Devon County Council for a share of the profits of the r

BUDLEIGH Salterton is keeping its fingers crossed that a councillor's bid for cash to buy a youth club venue will be successful.County councillor Christine Channon, who lives in the town, has asked Devon County Council for a share of the profits of the recent sale of Exeter Airport.If her request is granted when the bids close on March 28, she will hand over the money to Budleigh to buy the Venture Hall and secure it as a town youth club and community venue - which could then open in a matter of weeks.Cllr Channon revealed she had made a bid for £100,000 from the profit pot - and she was quietly confident her request would be granted."I understand my bid is quite small compared to others, so hopefully that will help this to move forward," she said. "I put in a bid of £100,000 to buy the rest of the balance of the Venture Hall."I am very hopeful it will go forward and secure that for Budleigh Salterton."If Cllr Channon secures the cash, it will realise three Budleigh Salterton teenagers' dreams of setting up a town youth club.Twin sisters Claire and Racheal Haestier, 15, and Robyn Whittaker, 14, all Exmouth Community College pupils, have dedicated the past year to setting up a club for bored youths.Their perseverance won the backing of the town - but their efforts hit a brick wall because of a lack of a permanent venue or facilities to hold the club.Budleigh's neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman, who was the first on board in January 2007 to back the youngsters' plans for a club, said: "I am absolutely delighted we have got Christine Channon's backing. "I am very hopeful that Devon County Council will see fit to give us the £100,000."That being the case, it looks really likely that we will be able to get the youth club up and running within a matter of weeks."In the last year, the three girls have secured a £3,000 grant from Devon County Council's Youth Opportunities Fund, founded a youth club working group and are now setting up the group as a registered charity through the Charity Commission.

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