RESIDENTS in Norton Lindsey are a step closer to their dream of a new community shop in the village.
Warwick District Council (WDC)has agreed to provide further funding, following a project to redevelop the village pub into a community-owned hub.
In 2017, the community oranisation known as Norton Lindsey Community Pub (NLCP), was awarded a grant of £38,500 to add shop to the site to run alongside the pub and a cafe.
But as the project moved towards the construction stage increased labour and material costs, plus the effects of the pandemic, meant a shortfall in the budget.
Following the presentation of a revised schedule and plan by NLCP, a further grant of £36,800 has been awarded byWDC to enable the community shop element to go ahead.
NLCP committee chair Quentin Hayes said: “This is wonderful news, and we would like to thank Warwick District Council for continuing their support to help to make our idea a reality.
“The new facility will add social, economic and environmental value to our community especially for the elderly and those without easy access to transport. It will also bring to life a big piece of our vision to create a vibrant and socially inclusive community hub in Norton Lindsey.”
WDC transformation spokesman Coun Richard Hales was delighted the council could help.
“I am very pleased that the council has been able to award additional funding towards this outstanding community project.
“I want to pay tribute to the Norton Lindsey Community Pub Ltd for their tenacity and achievements to date to mitigate against the loss of the pub and provide the village with an essential service and meeting point. We are looking forward to seeing it in action.”