West Hill hall bid gets £500 boost

PUBLISHED: 16:42 18 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:59 18 June 2010

A £60,000 bid to improve West Hill Village Hall was given a £500 drop in the ocean helping-hand by cash-strapped town officials last week.

A £60,000 bid to improve West Hill Village Hall was given a £500 "drop in the ocean" helping-hand by cash-strapped town officials last week.

Ottery town council has unanimously backed the project, which involves the complete refurbishment of the premises' toilets, as a "worthwhile cause" but can only fork-out £500 towards it in this financial year- villagers had asked for £7,500.

Treasurer Paul Lewis said a late grant application had limited the amount the council could pledge as it had already handed out all but £1,000 of funds availalbe to support local groups and projects this year.

West Hill villagers have already applied for more than £40,000 from other sources to fund the project and councillors felt a failure to back the bid with a pledge would "prejudice their prospects" of securing the cash.

Fundraisers were encouraged to apply for more money later this year. The £500 grant will only be handed over if other funding is secured first.


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