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Sheffield Sea cadets’ SOS to help find new home

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SEA and Marine Cadets are appealing for help to find a new home as the cost of their current building has become too expensive.

The detachments based at Conquest House, Stanley Street, near Wicker, which have about 30 members, have received an 80 per cent reduction in business rates for the four-storey building from Sheffield Council.

However, utility bills have soared to £800 a month.

Ian Harrison, chairman of the Sea Cadets detachment, TS Sheffield, said: “We have been at the building since 2002, when we moved from Loxley and, although we own the building so have no rent to pay, the gas, electricity and water rates have grown so much we can’t afford to stay.”

Mr Harrison said the detachment had asked the council if it would waive the remaining business rates, but the request was turned down. However, he is set to meet the council before Christmas about whether the authority has any suitable alternative buildings.

Mr Harrison said: “We are in no danger of folding, because we have reserves and the value of our current building, but we need to move to a more suitable site.”

The cadets are fundraising to help cover their costs in the meantime.

Sue Coates-Linley, one of the organisers, said: “We are holding a disco, buffet and raffle at Conquest House on Saturday, from 7.30pm.

“A lot of local businesses have been generous in supporting us, including Hollywood Bowl and The Foundry climbing centre.

“The event is open to the public with tickets costing £3.50 per person including the buffet but under-fives are free.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm we are in discussion with the Sea Cadets about relocating them to new premises. The details of exactly where this will be are still to be confirmed, but we are working closely with the Sea Cadets on this issue.”

He added that the 80 per cent business rate relief is in line with treatment given to other charities.

n For information about the disco or to help the cadets with a new home, email sheffieldseacadetcorps@msn.org or call 0114 2796223.

 

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