RESIDENTS in Lavant are being urged to attend an open meeting to discuss the issue of a village shop.
The meeting will take place at Lavant Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 25 at 11am.
A survey carried out last September revealed 71 per cent of residents felt a community shop was important or very important for the village.
Shop steering group member Caroline Reynolds said the next step was to make the shop a reality.
At the meeting issues around setting up a community shop will be presented and a committee will need to be elected to take the ideas forward. The steering group said without a committee, nothing would happen and there would not be a shop in Lavant.
Working with other volunteers the steering group is currently addressing a number of issues.
These include a vision for the community shop. The survey showed that people do not want just a shop but a tearoom and a wide range of products and services including a cash point, dry cleaning and shoe repairs, an advertising board and postal services.
Other issues include location options and funding possibilities including the availability of grants.
Mrs Reynolds said: “Please come along to the meeting. The steering group is too small to make the shop a reality – a larger committee is necessary.
“Without you, the next stage cannot happen.”
For more information about the project contact group members Caroline Reynolds on 01243 533475, or Philip Hollins, Pam Priscott and Nick Reynolds 0n 01243 533475, Margaret Rhodes on 01243 527217.
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