Please help us decide the future of Slaley’s shop!
A public meeting was held in the Community Hall on 3rd August to discuss the future of our village shop. Over 50 people attended and a lively discussion took place. Consequently a number of people volunteered to join a Steering Group to investigate further.
The residents living in and around Slaley now have the unique opportunity to consider setting up a Community Shop run by the community, but importantly for the benefit of the community. The sustainability of our village depends on many essential criteria with a thriving shop being a vital component. This project would also give the opportunity for Margaret and Roy to deservedly move into the world of retirement.
There is a wide range of funding available for a project like this but the first step is a feasibility study, which is why you have received a questionnaire with this month’s Newsletter.
You can complete the survey online HERE, return your paper questionnaire directly to the shop, or it will be collected during the week beginning Monday 10 October. If you are out and wish it to be collected, please leave it in an obvious place.
We need to know your views on what might be provided and what would receive your support. Please be as honest and realistic as possible in your answers! Your response will be treated in confidence, and it is entirely anonymous, unless you wish to add your name at the end.
The results of this survey will be published and presented to a later public meeting when the proposal can be discussed further.
This kind of venture has been successfully achieved in other villages with, among others, the assistance of the Village Retail Services Association (ViRSA) which is a charitable activity of the Plunkett Foundation devoted to the establishment of community-owned shops plus funding loans from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) via the Parish Council.
There are currently around 150 community owned shops and most of them have been set up with the support of these and many other organisations.
Will our village be the next one?