Village to be asked if it wants a shop

PUBLISHED: 14:49 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh Parish Council has been asked to donate £5,000 to help set up a community shop in the village. The village has been without a permanent shop for two years after the post office and convenience store shut in January 2006.

EAST Budleigh Parish Council has been asked to donate £5,000 to help set up a community shop in the village.

The village has been without a permanent shop for two years after the post office and convenience store shut in January 2006.

East Budleigh Community Shop committee member Malcolm Florey recently wrote to the council asking members to financially back the venture - which would result in a shop in the village hall being run by volunteers.

But before they make a decision East Budleigh councillors want to gauge whether the village wants its shop back.

They have set up a meeting with the independently-run community council to discuss the proposal.

And the members have also asked to see the community shop's financial records and business plan.

East Budleigh parish council chairman Molly Pratt said: "This is not council money, it's the village money. We are just the custodians and there will be no more capital once this has gone. We must be 100 per cent sure this is what the village wants, and it is viable."

Mr Florey, who is also an East Budleigh ward member, said: "We want to keep this positive relationship going.

"When we have provided them with a bit more information, the business plan and the financial situation, they will be in a position to consider the application."

The previous village shop closed when former owners Steve Frost and his wife Julie decided to call it a day.

Months later Otterton's shop, Arkwright's store and post office, also closed.

Shortly after a Newton Poppleford mobile shop was welcomed in the village when it began including East Budleigh in its regular rounds.

In May 2006, talks were held between the parish council and two national convenience stores - believed to be Spar and Londis - about opening a shop in the village.

At the same time East Budleigh Village Hall committee recruited a band of volunteers keen to man a village shop.

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