Rise Resound Rebuild (R3) has launched a petition to have Grosvenor & Riverside House as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
They wish to have the current sale cancelled and remove the option to redevelop the buildings into residential housing and instead permit Rise Resound Rebuild CIC to renovate the property into a cultural hub.
The buildings have a rich past as a children’s home, youth centre and also housed Bass Connection and the Sound Emporium before the latter relocated to the bunker at Harnham.
The building, near the train station, has been left to deteriorate for a long period of time, sit on land which leads down to the River Avon and if renovated, could be beautiful.
Their petition states:
Rise Resound Rebuild (R3), is a Salisbury founded social enterprise that aims to renovate Grosvenor & Riverside House into a cultural hub for the city that reinvests its profits into the community – be that schools, businesses or infrastructure.
The property would become a place that cultivates the community through creativity and recovery; structured around a garden, restaurant, café, crèche, studios, studies, and grocery store. A place where local people teach local people, that enhances our connection to the natural environment and each other, and supports healthy community growth. The biodiversity of the garden will underpin the whole project as a source of food, education and therapy while also showcasing the beauty of the river Nadder and Cathedral for the whole community to share.
Their proposals are in line with the Wiltshire Core Strategy and they believe that recent redevelopment of other buildings has seen an erosion of community spirit and beautiful buildings have been lost.
We further ask that Wiltshire Council provide a Community Asset Transfer to Rise Resound Rebuild CIC, so that they may more efficiently use their resources for the renovation of the property and maintain it as a Cultural Hub.
You can see the petition here – https://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=88