Other Projects

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. 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.

Two Valleys Community Energy

The Trust has set up this group (TVCE) in conjunction with Christow Community Land Trust. It is a constituent part of Teign Energy Communities CiC, which is our legally recognised body for contracts.

It aims to increase community resilience in the Teign and Wray Valleys (including parishes of Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Christow, Dunsford, Bridford, Doddiscombeleigh, and Ashton,) and surrounding rural communities by:

Reducing carbon emissions through generating electricity from renewable sources.
Enabling local people to own and participate in community energy projects
Supporting activities in the community that promote awareness of energy generation, consumption and improved efficiency.
We aim to support wider community initiatives through use of surplus profits. Initially we would be funded from a Community Share issue: a unique opportunity for local people to buy a stake in our own energy generation, with a good rate of return!

We have carried out Feasibility Studies for Hydro-Electric, solar and biomass power schemes but so far we have not been able to find viable options.

Meanwhile, we are still looking for new sites, new opportunities, new members….

Join Us! … if you are interested in ….

helping with project publicity or social networking
joining the planning group
donating to the project
investing in the project for a commercial return
Contact John Willis via the Contact page or see www.tvce.uk for further information.

Affordable housing

We have worked in support of 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.