Remember you can still buy shares in the project which entitles you to select the management committee, have a say in how it is run and how any surplus profits are to be used back into our community. See the "shares link" for more information or get in touch thouogh the contact details for more information.
The design will give us an internal floor space of 106 square metres, including a disabled capable toilet and its lobby, an office and kitchen area. This compares with the old shop, on Pinfold Road, with a floor space of around 40 sq metres, including an office and small kitchen (but no toilet).
The design had to undergo some revision to make best use of the land available. Studies of many similar projects in the UK had shown that very small shops struggle to provide adequate stock variety and quantity. The other major consideration, gleaned from many similar projects, is the importance of a village shop as a social focus for the community.
Week beginning 10 Feb saw the drainage connections being installed and the dropped kerbs for the entry and exit from the small car park. A Planning condition being that vehicles must exit in a forward gear! The building itself was delivered in the week beginning 17 Feb, with erection planned to take around 6 weeks, it was indeed ready to be fitted out in early April.
The Covid 19 pandemic has obviously thrown all our timings out, but it is still hoed to be able to open in May. Chalenges are confirming suupliers and recruiting staff. The cafe will of course not be abel to open until the restrictions on social contact are eased.
The last minute adjustments have been a challenge but on course to complete the building, including interior, week beginning 18 May. Stock is being ordered and staff interviews underway. Lots of frustrations to deal with. For example we have a power cable into the building but our supplier is having dificulties with the contractors who install the meter! Keep fingers crossed that we can resolve the remaining tasks as quickly as possible.
A view from above. The solar panels are effectively flush with the tiles and much less obvious that systems that put them on top of the tiles.