THERE is confusion over the future of a new West Rhyl youth centre with claims money has not been provided to finish the building.
Despite bosses from Rhyl Youth Action Group (RYAG), revealing their commitment to complete the eyesore, which has remained part finished for 18 months, it has emerged no formal application has been received for Welsh Government funding.
John Reaney, project manager of the Wellington Road youth centre, told last week’s Journal he was confident £100,000 of Welsh Government aid would be enough to revamp the building.
Mr Reaney, one of 10 youth workers at the building, also told of his plans for the future and his dedication to deliver more support and advice to young people in the community.
The project has experienced delays due to a dispute between the organisation and the contractor, has been subject of an industrial tribunal has been cited as the reason a nearby guesthouse owner is unable to sell his business.
A review of the project to identify and address issues conducted by the Welsh Government earlier in the year agreed to provide a maximum of up to £100,000 to help complete the redevelopment, subject to the settling of the dispute between the organisation and the contractor, and the subsequent submission of a full and complete application of tendered works.
But a spokeswoman for the Welsh Government revealed this week that an application for the vital money needed had not yet been submitted and therefore no funding has been awarded.
She said: “Earlier this year, the Welsh Government agreed in principle to provide additional funding of £100,000 towards the completion of the RYAG premises once the dispute between the organisation and the contractor had been settled satisfactorily and the subsequent submission of a full and complete application of tendered works.”
Mr Reaney said that he is doing everything to get the funding in place, but refused to comment any further.
The £520,000 project, which received a Welsh Government contribution of £442,000 in 2009, has been left unfinished since February 2011.