Brainstorming barn ideas

PEOPLE are to be asked for their views on exciting plans to breathe new life into a medieval barn in Nailsea. The Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust

PEOPLE are to be asked for their views on exciting plans to breathe new life into a medieval barn in Nailsea.The Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust learnt last month it had been successful in securing £500,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the Tithe Barn.Trustees have now appointed architects Architecton, which are specialists in the renovation of historic buildings, to draw up detailed design proposals for the building.A special consultation evening is now being planned to give residents the chance to meet the architects and put forward ideas for the design and future uses of the community building.Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust chairman David Francis said: "The vision is for it to become a community and heritage centre, meeting social, educational and recreational needs for the surrounding community."The trustees envisage that the barn will offer opportunities for both general public lettings and dedicated areas for long term leasing. They are particularly keen for the barn to be used for activities which bring social benefit for local people."Ideas being put forward for consultation include using the barn as an educational base with special needs, pre school and after school clubs.There will also be day centre activities for older and disabled people and office space for voluntary groups.It is also hoped youth work will be centred at the barn with community groups and advice sessions It will also be used as a resource centre, being used for lectures, tours, visits and heritage events.It is also hoped the building will be utilised for community events such as concerts, theatre and dances as well as wedding receptions.Mr Francis added: "This is a chance for potential users to put forward their ideas and suggestions at this early design stage."The project to restore the barn is expected to cost £923,000.Nailsea Town Council has pledged £150,000 towards the project and £50,000 has been raised as a result of local fund-raising, pledges and cash from the Diocese of Bath and Wells.The Tithe Barn, which was given Grade II listed building status in 1973, used to be used as a school up until the 1970's.The consultation event is being held at the barn on May 24 at7.30pm when people will have the chance to talk to the architects and the trustees. The barn will also be open from 2-4pm on May 12 and 19.

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