Somer Centre benefits from Councillor fund

The Somer Centre in Midsomer Norton has received two new Table Tennis tables for use by the local community thanks to a financial boost from local councillor Shirley Steel.

The top of the range tables have been funded by a new initiative which means local councillors each have their own individual budget to allocate to community projects of their choosing. The scheme, known as the ‘Councillors Initiative’, was established by Conservatives on B&NES Council to give more freedom to local ward councillors to benefit their communities.

Councillor Shirley Steel (Cons, Midsomer Norton North) chose to use some of her funds to pay for the new Table Tennis tables in support of sport and recreation activities at the Somer Centre. Cllr Steel has also chosen to give some money to Midsomer Norton in Bloom to help with the event this summer.

Shirley, who played a key role in establishing the Somer Centre when it was first built, has said she is delighted to have been able to give this extra boost to the community centre.

Cllr Steel commented:

“It’s been great to be able to give this continuing support to the Somer Centre, a project very dear to my heart.

“This extra money available to me as a local councillor to allocate to local projects has meant we have been able to afford the highest-quality Table Tennis tables for use by the local community. I hope that as many people as possible take advantage of the new equipment. I have also used some of the funds to support Midsomer Norton in Bloom which I know has struggled with sponsorship during the recession.”

In total, Cllr Steel allocated £1,100 to the Somer Centre for the new Table Tennis tables and £500 to support Midsomer Norton in Bloom.