The current wooden building is a temporary structure on a temporary site. In spite of being a roaring success, we do not have the option of staying where we are for more than 2 years or so, because we only have a temporary licence agreement from the Village Hall Committee and the Field Studies Centre. These two organisations each owns half the land on which the shop now sits.
We have high hopes for the future and it is the Management Committee’s aim to ensure that our wonderful Village Community Shop is housed finally in a new, permanent building, which at the very least will be large enough to include secure storage facilities, a WC, a small office and maybe even space for an undercover café table or two to provide a meeting spot for villagers.
Much needs to be done to find a site for this new shop. To secure a site, we will need a scheme and professionals will need to be employed for this. It is too important and complex a task for the Management Committee to undertake alone. As well as applying for grants to this end, we will be holding our own fundraising events. The first of these was Slapton Art Auction, which was a roaring success! Details of this, and other events, can be found on the “Events” section of this site.
We hope that a consensus can be reached among the Members as to the best place to site the new building but it is possible that we end up with only one viable option, due to planning or environmental reasons. If this is case, the ability to raise the funds for a large undertaking such as site works and buying our new permanent building will depend largely on the continued backing of the whole community, as well as the commercial success of the shop to that point.
Fundraising will be a huge task but the signs are good. Grants are available but first a decision must be made on what we want and where we want it. It is likely that a Share Option Scheme will be delivered which will be attractive to taxpayers, as the Scheme offers 30% – 50% tax relief on investments in it.
Information on the progress we are making will be reported, when available, to the Members of the Benefit Society, at meetings that will be held in the Village Hall. These will be advertised on posters around the Village, in the Slapton Lines where deadlines permit, on this website and on Facebook.
When the final decision on the site for the new shop is made, a general meeting will be called for all the Villagers of the Parish, to explain and clarify the whys and wherefores for this decision.
We must emphasise the importance of good attendances at all these meetings to show continued solidarity for the project.
We must take action if we want a shop to remain somewhere in the village in the future.
If we all come together, we will make it happen.