December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Citizens Advice Bureau chief has pledged that cash intended for North Walsham will be spent in the town.
Steve Cheshire, chief executive of Norfolk CAB, gave the assurance when he attended North Walsham Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday and said he would give the town the promise in writing.
Following the merger, nearly a year ago, of the former Citizens Advice North Norfolk into the Norfolk branch, there had been fears that money donated locally could be used elsewhere in the county.
The town council has earmarked £4,000 for the CAB but wanted an assurance, before handing it over, that it would be used in North Walsham.
Mr Cheshire added: “The CAB in North Walsham is under-funded and we still have need for your money.
“We intend to stay here. We want to be in North Walsham where we see a need.”
Town councillor Dave Robertson said he was also concerned at the continuing “unrest” in the CAB where some North Walsham volunteers were unhappy about the merger and the way it had been handled.
Mr Cheshire said chiefs had “gone the extra mile” to cross the bridge to them but two volunteers had refused mediation on three occasions.
He accepted that some did not want to stay but they had recruited some new volunteers.