What's happening to the Tearooms now?
Early in 2015 the Borough Council invited key members of the community who had shown an interest in the project to a presentation in St John’s Chapel Belper, the presentation was an appeal for them to create a voluntary group to focus on raising the funds to build the tearooms, this group has been meeting regularly and has formed into Belper Community Enterprise a Community Interest Company (CIC).
The Belper Community Enterprise CIC have successfully negotiated a partnership arrangement with the Borough Council and have a business plan in place, volunteers have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop a new design which is functional, sustainable and can be provided to budget estimates of £400,000.00.
The design has in principle approval of the Borough Council, Historic England and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Team, but is yet to be taken through the full planning system which will be later this year.
When the Belper Community Enterprise CIC have a viable project with full planning permission Amber Valley Borough Council will make a substantial financial contribution to get the project off to a good start, the rest of the funds will be sought from grant applications and donations from partner organisations, businesses and the public.
If you would like to make a donation towards this project either financially or as a volunteer please write to:
Belper Community Enterprise c/o St Johns Chapel, The Butts, Belper DE56 1HF.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or check out progress on Facebook …https://www.facebook.com/Belper-Tearooms-Association-1756095064662180/