Wiltshire Council’s Salisbury Area Board have called an extraordinary meeting to discuss the Grosvenor & Riverside House Community Asset Transfer Application submitted by Rise Resound Rebuild CIC (R3)
The meeting on Monday 12th July at 4 pm will here from the community interest company who are seeking to renovate the property into a cultural hub and youth centre that will be of benefit to the local community. The main aims are to enhance local culture, strengthen the local economy and reduce crime.
The buildings and land on Churcfields Road had been up for sale, with term agreed, until February when they were listed as Assets of Community value following a successful petition by R3 which was supported by Salisbury City Council.
The councillors who represent the Salisbury Area on Wiltshire Council will meet and be asked to consider the Community Asset Transfer application and either; support it and make a recommendation to cabinet or confirm that they do not support the application.
Because of the value of the properties and land, it is classed as a Category 1 property, meaning the final decision lays with the Wiltshire Council Cabinet.
The team behind the proposals have submitted a detailed business plan in support of the application with plans for a Kitchen Restaurant, Cafe, Creche, Studios, Studies and a Grocery Store selling local produce. The Kitchen Restaurant, Cafe and Grocery Store would be supported by gardens on the grounds. The profits of these businesses would then fund a youth centre on-site.
The proposals have taken into considerations and conversations with local groups and people and Pete Rushforth from R3 said: “We’re looking forward to the review, and hope the city and community find our proposal will be good for Salisbury and the surrounding area.”
Whilst the property is in extremely poor condition, the group believe they can raise the funds to renovate and revitalise the buildings and turn them into an extremely valuable asset.
The meeting will see the applicants in the form of Pete Rushforth giving a short summary of their proposals followed by questions from the members of the board. This will be followed by a Public Q&A where members of the public can address the board with a question or make comment. Those wishing to do so are asked to make contact in advance to enable as many as possible to be heard.
At the end of the meeting, the board will consider and deliver a decision on whether or not to support the application. You can find more about the meeting and application here – Wiltshire Council Website