We are constantly looking at new projects or ways to help our community become more sustainable.
We welcome new proposals. One way to do this is at our AGM: in 2017 this will be in September at Green Hill. Another is to contact John Willis, Chair, via the Contact page.
Moretonhampstead Public Library
We recently completed a Feasibility Study, supported by the Social Investment Business, to re-develop the Bowring Library building. We had hoped that it could be converted into affordable homes (flats) for local people, probably involving a move of the library service to share facilities with the youth club at Green Hill. At the same time, the Parish Council initiated a public consultation about the location of the library service.
The study concluded that the re-development would not be viable without a substantial grant. The consultation concluded that there was not enough public support for moving the library service either. After much discussion, the Trust has decided that the challenges of such a development, keeping the library where it is, were just too great. However, a new trust has been set up by others with the intention of doing this.
We are working in support of Moretonhampstead Parish Council Housing Group, and North East Dartmoor Community Land Trust (CLT), on proposals for new affordable housing in the parish.
The CLT represents people who cannot afford to buy their own homes, and wish to build their own. Dartmoor National Park has a target for approving applications for self-build homes.
We hope that the recent public consultation will lead to some viable plans to provide the homes for local people that Housing Needs surveys have identified for many years.