Eco village needs cash

PUBLISHED: 14:44 31 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 May 2010

THE group behind a multi-million pound project to turn the former Barrow Gurney Hospital into the country's largest eco village say its bid may be lost - unless vital funds are found. Members of Sustainable Initiative for Barrow Ltd, who have put forward

THE group behind a multi-million pound project to turn the former Barrow Gurney Hospital into the country's largest eco village say its bid may be lost - unless vital funds are found.Members of Sustainable Initiative for Barrow Ltd, who have put forward a £10 million bid for the site, say unless they can secure 10 per cent of the purchase price as a deposit, the bid may collapse.They are now writing to supporters and interested parties wanting to use space on the site asking them to pledge cash towards the purchase of the land.SIB spokesman Gaile Stevens said: "We are going ahead with confirming our bid as we still believe that there are enough people who want to see this happen."We have everything in place for a successful sustainable development, except for one minor detail."Despite many pledges of support and interest in what we are trying achieve on this unique site, this may all come to nothing and the site lost to the wider community if the funds are not available in time."We have offered in excess of £10 million for the freehold of the site and will need to demonstrate that we can pay a 10 per cent deposit when the contract is due to be signed on June 16. We now need to know the extent of investment from interested parties."The 200 acre site is being sold by the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and has attracted a lot of interest, especially from developers.SIB, made up of businesses, green organisations and individuals, has been working on the scheme for the last two years and put in a bid for the site in January.The scheme will see the creation of a craft village, where skills from woodturning to robotics will be taught, and the creation of the first outdoor theatre in the Bristol area. Eco houses will be built on site and mini festivals and craft fairs held.A hotel, pub with its own on site brewery and a youth hostel for visitors to the site will also be included.An education centre will also be set up offering weekend training courses including thatching, straw bale making and glass blowing.The group has been in talks with the Forest of Avon about maintaining the 85 hectares of woodland at the site.Plans are also in the pipeline in conjunction with Sustrans to extend cyclepaths in the area.

More from Weston Mercury

40 minutes ago

A popular pub and live music venue is up for sale as the landlord prepares to retire.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare

A new scheme to improve the night-time experience for people in Weston has been launched.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:58

A newly-formed choral ensemble will perform festive carols this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A Weston-born composer provided the music for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday dinner.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Shoppers will be able to park in Weston-super-Mare for free in the run-up to Christmas.

Read more
North Somerset Council Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:00

Outstanding building projects were recognised at an award ceremony at Weston Museum last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38

North Somerset’s two MPs have both pledged their allegiance to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

Pupils and teachers from Locking Preschool hosted a Christmas fair at the village hall this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

The winner of this year’s Turnip Prize is a plastic dog on top of a bowl full of jelly.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:58

A decision on whether almost 50 homes will be built on an industrial estate will be made soon.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists