Securing the future of Paignton's Oldway Mansion has taken a major step forward.
The 'Oldway Trust’ has now been officially recognised as Torbay Council's primary community partner in respect of the mansion, estate and gardens.
It means a new round of grant funding bids can be considered to finally bring Oldway back to life.
Since 2017 the council has worked with and supported a number of volunteer groups who have made high-profile positive changes to the much-loved local site.
The council says it has become clear that it would be helpful to identify a primary community partner who the local authority can collaborate and consult with when seeking advice and funding support.
One of the key pieces of work for the Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, will be to work with the council to submit an Expression of Interest application of around £100,000 to the National Lottery Heritage's Resilience Fund. A successful funding application, along with a £30,000 contribution from the council, would allow for the council and the Trust to develop longer term restoration plans before submitting a full capital bid to NLHF in late 2022.
Cllr Darren Cowell, the council's deputy leader and chairman of the Oldway Working Party said:
“We want to be a council that supports, enables and empowers its residents, our communities and our partnerships. Our community partnership work at Oldway is a fantastic example of how we are achieving this vision. The new partnership will improve on the work already started to bring Oldway back to its former glory."
Cllr Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said; “The Oldway Trust would continue to work with the ‘Friends of Oldway’ and ‘Oldway Gardens Volunteer Group who have both been instrumental is maintaining the gardens, and successfully crowdfunding to be able to reopen and run the Tea Rooms. Currently the three volunteer groups collaborate and co-operate with each other in the best interests of Oldway and I fully expect that this will continue but it is equally important that the council identifies a primary partner.”
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