Rosy future for Red Store
A rosy future lies ahead for the Red Store, a Grade II listed
riverside warehouse in the tiny Cornish village of Lerryn,
now that £300,000 of investment is in place.
Built in the nineteenth century, the Red Store was a warehouse
for goods such as corn and fertiliser, which were shipped
up and down the river until the early twentieth century. During
World War II it was used to store salvage to help the war
effort, and in the 1950s the top floor was used as a youth
club. The Red Store occupies a commanding position on the
river and is still a striking feature of the picturesque village
Now villagers plan to transform the derelict warehouse in
a project that will support the rural economy and create two
new jobs thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund,
the South West Regional Development Agency, Caradon District
Council and St Veep and St Winnow Parish Councils and investment
by the Objective One Programme.
The Red Store's ground floor is set to become a semi-commercial
community space while the second story will be turned into
two craft workshops. Possible uses for the ground floor include
exhibition space for local arts and crafts businesses, a venue
for niche market painting holidays, local history displays,
an information point for visitors and locals and a home for
occasional local produce events.
Barry Campbell-Taylor of St Veep Parish Council said: "The
Red Store's owners, the Elin family, offered St Veep and St
Winnow Parish Councils the chance to obtain the building at
a very reasonable price, and they have been extremely patient
whilst the necessary fundraising has gone on. I am very happy
to say that the final piece of the funding jigsaw is now in
place, and we are currently planning the renovation work.
Both parish councils are delighted with the support and assistance
we have received from the funding organisations. Caradon District
Council has provided us with a wealth of advice and information,
and their assistance on legal and technical matters has been
invaluable. We are also grateful to the South East Cornwall
Regeneration Project officers who have provided extensive
and tenacious support over a long period of time to help us
towards our goal."
The parish councils have appointed architects MRDA Associates,
who are well known for their work on Cornish churches and
Truro Cathedral, and it is hoped that the transformation will
be complete by summer 2005.
The total funding for the project is £295,120 with
£159,000 coming from the Heritage Lottery fund, £86,362
from Objective One's European Regional Development Fund, £20,000
from the South West Regional Development Agency's Rural Renaissance
Initiative, £15,000 from Caradon District Council and
£14,758 from St Veep and St Winnow Parish Councils.
Media enquiries contact:
Barry Campbell-Taylor on 01208 873540
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and structural adjustment of regions whose development is
lagging behind and the economic and social conversion of regions.
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