Council give failed local produce scheme another go

CHICHESTER District Council has renewed calls for local produce firms to take on the lease of a South Street store.

Earlier this year Chichester District Council started a scheme to help a local produce business to take on a shop on the high street – with a £75,000 grant to fit out the shop.

However, the council had no appropriate candidates, and the one they wanted dropped out.

At a cabinet meeting in July, councillors discussed the possibility of dropping the scheme, but decided to let senior officers reevaluate the scheme.

The result of that evaluation was to give it another try.

One concern expressed by council officer Kenrick Garroway was the £75,000 grant from the county council would be ‘lost’ if it was not spent by March 31, 2014.

The council is now on the hunt for a second time, for a produce firm to take on the lease for 29a South Street, which will sell local produce from the district and surrounding areas. The closing date for applications is Monday, October 21.

For more information visit www.chichester.gov.uk/localproduceshop or call 01243 534669.