When new, the wood panelling will look something like this. The roof will offer space for solar panels and using slate grey tiles they will be less obvious.
The design has high insulation qualities and we have tried to minimise running costs by using an air pump to supplement the heating.
The entrance is suitable for the disabled, as is the toilet facility
In a short time, the panels will weather and look something like this. The porches, front and back, will offer some protection from the weather, allowing goods to be on display at the front and fair weather dining on the rear patio. We have some work to do on the out doors design but will retain the hedgerow along Station Road.
As a community project we will be looking at ways to save money and identify what we can do for ourselves. Painting and decorating are obvious options but you do not have to be a mechanical genius to help put up shelves or hang pictures. This will be our community shop and café so get ready to roll up sleeves and give a hand.
After many frustrating delays both our solicitors and the landowner’s solicitors have specific instructions to complete the contract for the land for the site of the shop and the access to the landowners grant towards the building costs this month. The main reason for the delays to completion were connected to disputes between the Planning Authority and the Landowner over the arrangements for the rest of the quarry development and these have now been resolved. This will also allow two key funding measures for grants and loans to go ahead.