Sea cadets' headquarters grant bid needs support
PUBLISHED: 09:48 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 26 November 2013
Exmouth's sea cadets are appealing for sports groups and fitness classes who need a home to show an interest in using new facilities planned to be open next year.
Last week the Journal reported that plans for a new sea cadets HQ were being drawn up by the charity in Camperdown Terrace.
The Exmouth sea cadet management committee said the building, which will be its new HQ, should be ready in 2014, subject to raising the finance.
The building will be sited in a boat yard next to their current premises at the end of ‘The Gut’. It follows East Devon District Council asking the group to move to make way for the regeneration of the area.
Formed in 1946, the Exmouth Sea Cadet Corps has around 45 cadets, but the premises, which the group owns, are falling to bits.
The ground is subsiding beneath them and the roof leaks.
The new plans include classrooms, offices, a workshop and changing, toilet and shower facilities for the cadets.
In addition, a separate part of the premises will include a drill deck/recreation area of a minimum of 800 square feet, adult changing, toilet and shower facilities, a disabled toilet and a canteen.
The project could cost £400,000, and the group urgently needs sports groups and fitness classes to register an interest to help with a funding bid to Sport England.
This facility would be available on weekdays, up to 5pm, and three/four evenings each week.
The chairman of the unit management committee Tony Griffin said: “The more sporting groups that come forward and show an interest, the more likely our grant application will be successful.
“We will be applying for grants in conjunction with The Marine Society and Sea Cadets HQ in London.
“The building will be our HQ and owned by the sea cadets but it seems sensible to hire out the building when we can, to put us on a sound financial footing.”
Interested groups are asked to email Tony Griffin at email@example.com