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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
Charity could lose sailing base
A charity which provides disabled people with the chance to go sailing on Rudyard Lake near Leek may have to pull down its boathouse.

Planners say the temporary building must go because a new ranger centre is being built.

Rudyard Sailability has 38 members aged between four and 71-years-old and uses the boathouse to store its equipment.

Organisers say if councillors decide the building has to go they will appeal against the decision.

Thousands spent

Rudyard Sailability is a registered charity which organisers say has been awarded accreditation by the Royal Yachting Association for sailing for the disabled.

Chairman of the club Dennis Priebe said even when the ranger centre is completed they still need somewhere to store boats.

"The Rudyard Lake Trust has spent thousands to make the boathouse disabled friendly," he said.

"We will take this matter as far as we can to try and stop it from being pulled down."

Work has started on the ranger centre which includes a study area, training rooms, a ranger's office and a cafeteria.

Planning officials from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are urging members of the planning committee to refuse the application to allow the building to stay.

In a report to the committee officials said the building was only allowed initially on condition that it was taken down once the ranger centre was finished.


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