Local Community Networks – Public Consultation
5th October 2022
Next Meeting of Shapwick Parish Council: Tuesday 21st May 2024 at 7.00pm – Village Hall – Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council
12th September 2023

For all of Shapwick’s wonderful attributes, we do not have a place we can call our own “Village Green”.

All of that could be about to change: – as we indicated in the November Parish Council meeting we are currently in discussion with the Vestey Trust about the purchase of the land behind the village hall. We are pleased to report that the discussions have gone well and that we now currently seeking the funds to make the purchase.

This will be our final opportunity to bring this 20+ year saga to a successful conclusion and secure Shapwick’s Own Village Green for the future, removing the risk that it might fall into any other potential buyers hands

The source of funds in descending order will be: –

  1. Grants from various funding bodies
  2. Parish Council Reserves
  3. Community donations* and Crowd-Funding for Phase 2

*In order to meet the terms of one major grant provider we will need to demonstrate that we have raised funds from within the community. If you are able to help with this please contact the Parish Council as soon as possible or call Graham on 07484 160913 or speak to any one of your councillors

The project will be divided into two phases: –

  • Phase 1: – Purchase of the freehold of the land, by the Parish Council, to be held in perpetuity for the benefit of the Shapwick Community TimeLine Jan 2022-Jun2022
  • Phase 2: – The development of amenities such as a Childrens Playground and allotments as determined by the residents of Shapwick TimeLine Jul 2022-Dec

We are confident/optimistic/hopeful that we can achieve Phase 1 with Grants and Parish Council Reserves, however in order to complete our applications we need to demonstrate community support for the project.

We believe that one of the best ways to do this is via village poll.

So if you want to help Shapwick to “OWN ITS OWN VILLAGE GREEN” please take part in the poll at https://www.shapwick.org/village-green-poll/

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