How will it be funded?
Plans have been developed to convert the building into a part residential and part commercial complex (see right for draft proposal of the ground floor plan).
It is intended to provide a base for the Trust to show off the heritage of the cottages and the wider canal and to form a base for activities. In addition the possibility of canal line services such as a cafe, farm shop, cycle shop, changing facilities would provide an attractive hub for canal side activities.
The cost of the work is currently being assessed, but the Trust is confident that the work can be financed through development loans supported by Trustees. The production of income generating assets will allow loans to be serviced going forward and provide an asset to support further activities elsewhere.