A SCOUT group’s minibus plans are today in tatters after extreme weather caused major damage to their base.
The 55th Intake Scout Group had saved up around £4,000 towards buying a minibus to take scouts on trips and camps – but the cash might have to be diverted to fix serious roof problems.
The group meets in two converted garages in the grounds of All Saints Church in Intake.
The garages are used by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and more than 60 young people attend meetings every week.
But after the freezing winter, part of the roof has developed a major leak, leaving it unusable.
And the roof is made from concrete and corrugated asbestos, which will need to be removed if disturbed by repair work.
Group scout leader Neil Procter said: “We’re disappointed because we have done a lot of work to raise money for a minibus but now we are having to use the minibus fund for the roof.
“The roof leak has to take priority over the minibus.”
It also means planned work by the Neighbourhood Alliance project to spruce the building up cannot go ahead.
Today Mr Procter appealed to local businesses for help.
He asked anyone who could help out with work or donations to get in touch and suggested the work could make a useful repair project for trainees.
Anyone who can provide practical or financial assistance should contact Neil on 01302 344158.