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Bid to save fun bus launched

West View People's Park, Martindale Avenue, Fleetwood. Campaigning to get their bus back- with her poster- Cory Clarke (11).

West View People's Park, Martindale Avenue, Fleetwood. Campaigning to get their bus back- with her poster- Cory Clarke (11).

HOPES of reviving a fun bus for youngsters on Fleetwood’s West View estate have taken an upturn after a meeting this week.

But an appeal has also been launched to help.

As reported in the Weekly News, the activities bus proved such a success that police credited it with a reduction in vandalism and anti-social behaviour on the estate.

But funding ran out for the bus at the end of last year.

However, a meeting to discuss what funding streams might be available to get the bus back up-and running has been described as “positive”.

Representatives from housing group Regenda, police, West View Community Association and Lancashire Girls and Boys Club, all of whom were involved with the bus, were at the meeting on Monday

The agencies hope to find sufficient funding to allow the bus to run for up to 12 months.

With the vehicle costing £250 a session, a sum of around £125,000 would be needed, to cover 50 weeks.

Angie Welch, projects manager for Regenda, said: “The meeting was extremely positive.

“We are going to look closely at what funding stream will fit this criteria, then takes steps to put together bids.

“Everyone agrees the bus has been a success, so we are keen to find a way forward.”

As part of any potential bid, Lancashire Girls and Boys Club hopes to meet up with youngsters on the West View estate to discuss what aspects of the fun bus they like and if they would like to see any additional or alternative activities.

Up to 100 youngsters regularly visited the bus on Friday evenings to take part in activities such as Wii sessions, the chance to watch TV on the bus, a tuck shop and sports activities run on the park by volunteers.

When initial police funds ran out, Wyre and Regenda provided interim funds, but that money then rain out. A bid to Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Community Fund last year, to keep it going in 2013, was unsuccessful.

Angie added: “Apart from our search for funding, we would also welcome any donations from groups or individuals in Fleetwood who may want to support the return of this bus.”

Anyone interested can phone the West View Community Centre on (01253) 870133.

 

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