Ferryside Social Enterprise News April 28

The future requirements for the education cntre were tabled and extensively discussed. It was noted that facilities for the school remained to be clarified with the head teacher, and officers would chase this up. Mr Colin Butters offered to check up on youth  and gymnasium requirements and Ms Wendy James would clarify further the sports club and MUGA plans, in liaison with Colin and Lynn Shallcross. Mrs Jill Furniss would further progress wellbeing issues and grants along with arrangements for a day centre.

 It was generally agreed that meantime, some of the identified requirements might need to be directly progressed with the County Council, provided that the FSEG committee were informed and updated.

Development Options were tabled by the secretary Mr Les Jones.The meeting wasadvised by the officers that there would be no grant funding available for demolitionand that demolition costs for the first option applying to the whole site would be of the order of £80,000. The second option would require the demolition of everything except the current medical centre and would also be prohibitive. After a vote, anoption to keep most of the buildings was chosen as no major demolition would be required only the removal of the portable cabins .The majority of the meeting felt that this was the most easy to manage, retaining most of the current build and progressing gradually with new developments.

                   Mrs Betsan Bowen emphasised the eventual need for a new Community Hall that could also be used for sport, and that overall a full costing and business case would be required to bid for funding. It was noted that design work would also require costing and the case justified. Indeed, costs would be necessary for each required project.It was noted that City Farms could help with costing allotment requirements. The question was raised, whether the youth hostel or “bunkhouse” project was viable and Mrs Lynn Shallcross reminded the meeting that Tim Shallcross was looking into this. She offered to draw up a suitable proforma for  the requirement costings. The next meeting of the group will take place on May 20th at 7pm in The White Lion Hotel, Glanyfferi

The committee is to arrange a future public meeting to ensure full community and public involvement.

Delme Bowen