Funding is needed so centre can stay open
INUNDATED staff at the Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre have appealed for more funding as growing numbers of people seek help.
The Commercial Road centre was set up in March following anger over a decision to close the town's Citizens Advice Bureau office.
But volunteers have said resources are already stretched to the limit, after requests for a cash injection from the council were refused.
Volunteer Rosalind Kent said: "We have been advised by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council that at present there is no likelihood of inviting new applications from voluntary and community organisations for funding for 2012 and 2013."
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The town's branch of the Tunbridge Wells Citizens Advice Bureau closed after trustees claimed running costs of £31,000 a year were too high.
Disgruntled volunteers set up the Community Advice Centre in its place, which is operating on about half this figure, with services mainly funded using cash donated from parish councils.
Staff insist it should receive borough council funding, as the bureau does, arguing the centre has dealt with 205 clients in just three months, almost half the number the town's bureau office dealt with in an entire year.