If it seems like a while since we last updated, well… there’s a good reason for that! Things are moving quite slowly.
But the Bungaroosh team continue to work, and we are making some progress.
Where are we with the Asset of Community Value?
The Asset of Community Value (ACV) is the status that means a building cannot be sold for purposes other than community use. As you may remember, we were successful in getting an ACV status for the Cuthbert pub.
This was then contested by the developers, and was upheld in our favour. The developers are now going for the last resort, a tribunal.
We are waiting to have the tribunal date confirmed, but will be sure to report back on what happens.
What are we doing meanwhile?
Of course, it is hard to make concrete plans while the result of the tribunal is still up in the air, but we are taking practical steps where we can.
At the moment, we are applying for grant funding, putting together a business plan, and organising some market research that will help us show, in black and white, the need for a community space.
Consulting with you, the people who live in the local area, and who are potential users of the space, will also allow us to hear all your ideas for what kind of services you need and would enjoy.
Can I get involved?
Once we hear the result of the tribunal (hopefully in our favour!), we’ll be looking at welcoming new members of the group, both as supporters and as hands-on helpers. It’s likely that, as we grow, we’ll be splitting into working groups so that we can make the most of your skills.
Meanwhile, right now, we could very much do with help from anyone who can help with writing our business plan or conducting market research. If you have skills in these areas, or could spare a couple of hours to man a stall, deliver a few flyers, or knock on a few doors, please do drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.