New guide to help Chichester communities restore village shops

A NEW guide has been launched by Chichester District Council to help local communities build or restore community village shops.

There are more than 30 village shops in the district, of which five are classified as community shops.

A council spokesman said the community managed the community shops and directly controlled the running of the business.

Profits made were reinvested back into the business to make it more sustainable for the future.

“Community and village shops can be a lifeline for rural communities with the numerous different services they can provide,” said Myles Cullen, council cabinet member for economy, property and tourism.

“As well as everyday items, some have branched out and have cafés, a post room, a prescription service, internet – and you can even hire bikes from some.

“Local communities may want a village shop, but not know where to even begin.

“We have worked with Sue Ransley, chairwoman of the award-winning Kirdford Village Stores, to produce a simple guide on what you need to consider.

“It includes information ranging from consultation to legal structure, and fundraising to management.

“We hope this guide encourages even more communities to work together to build or restore their village shops.”