Funding bid to save the Funk Bus

A REPRIEVE has been granted for the Funk Bus - the youth club on wheels that has been a popular attraction for 11 to 16-year-olds in the Louth and Mablethorpe area and beyond.

Since it was launched in 2008, it has had 4,000 young visitors - most on an occasional basis but some regularly.

They have enjoyed music, computer games and the chance to hang out with minimum adult supervision.

However, the £260,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund ran out last August and it has only kept going thanks to cash support from East Lindsey District Council.

At last week’s ELDC executive board, members agreed to extend the service at least until the end of August which, crucially, will take in the bulk of the school summer holidays.

This will allow more time to find new sources of funding - either from the public or private sector.

The meeting noted a statement from the council’s ‘children’s champion’, Coun Terry Aldridge which urged: “No stone should be left unturned in order to find an alternative source of funding.

“I appreciate that cuts are coming but this is one service that urgently needs to be retained.”

However, the board agreed with Coun Ed Mossop that, over the next eight months, the bus needs to extend its range to villages such as his own, Marshchapel, which it has not yet visited.

Similar comments came from Coun Brian Burnett who suggested that if the Funk Bus visited his ward, Binbrook, there might be fewer young people hanging about in the village market place.

l What do readers think? How important is the Funk Bus?

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