BRIDGWATER’S Trinity Hall looks set to the new base for a charity encouraging people to cycle more.

This week Bridgwater Town Council submitted a planning application for change of use from a community hall to a bike workshop.

Consultation was held which the council say produced mixed feedback - with a number of positive comments but also a petition titled ‘Save Trinity Hall for Community Use’ signed by 118 people including carnival clubs and local residents.

The workshop will be run by On Your Bike, a community charity currently based in Taunton, which has secured funding to bring their project to Bridgwater.

Their key aim is to train and employ the socially underprivileged, ex-servicemen and long term unemployed, to help themselves and other volunteers recycle and sell bikes.

So far at their Taunton sites they have recycled or serviced more than 3,000 bikes and aided more than 300 individuals.

The town council has taken over management of the building with a 125 year lease from Sedgemoor District Council.

However with bookings dropping off and significant refurbishment needed, the council decided to look at options that would still benefit the community.

To view the application visit the planning section of Sedgemoor District Council's website and search for the application number 08/18/00177.