Friday, 12 August 2022

£10,000-a-year council grant to 60+ club won't be raised

A REQUEST by the 60+ Club in Henley for more public funding has been turned down by the town council.

The club, which is based in Greys Road car park, currently receives £10,000 a year from the council.

Secretary Elizabeth Hodgkin wrote to the council asking if this sum could be increased as the club had had to use their savings towards its running costs. Mrs Hodgkin, a former Mayor, said: “Several years ago, when there was a recession, the day centre took a cut in its annual grant from £15,000 to £10,000.

“We were then very aware that the town council were attempting to ‘tighten their belts’ and that we should also do the same. We now feel perhaps the time has come when the council may be able to consider increasing our grant. Over the past few years balancing the books has become more onerous and we have needed to dip into our savings.

“This is partly due to our reduced grant. Obviously this is not sustainable for the future.”

Councillor Will Hamilton, chairman of the finance strategy and management committee, said the council had budgeted £50,000 for each of the next two years for improvement to the club’s building.

He added: “We also have £3,000 in planned maintenance budget for a new boiler if theirs breaks down.

“If they do need a new grant they will need to come to us and make a presentation.”

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