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Latest on the Town Hall Funding

May 2017 - EDCT have had their funding application with The Robertson Trust accepted.  Not only that, but when the Robertson Trust visited, they were so impressed with the project proposal and the staff at Splash, that they increased the amount that we had applied for.  The representative of the Robertson Trust felt it was a "unique" project and would be a huge asset to the town.

Having applied for £64,242 the Robertson Trust have pledged a total of £250,000 towards the Town Hall Project.  Although not enough to completely fund the project this is a huge step forward and brings the total amount of grant funding to approximately £332,000!

EDCT have also applied to the BIG Lottery for Stage 2 funding and we await their decision.   This has turned into a much longer process than anyone had envisioned and we're still unsure when we are likely to get a final decision from the BIG Lottery.

Development Grant awarded

Eyemouth Town Hall – Social Eco Innovation Centre
A centre to increase skills, opportunities and training for people, increase tourism, encourage social enterprise, offer serviced office accommodation for new and developing businesses and develop Eyemouth as an economically sustainable town.

There has been huge progress, much of which has been in the Berwickshire News or on Social Media, but here is a summary so that everyone has up to date information.

· October 2015 - awarded the Development Grant by BIG Lottery – Investing in Communities

  • · January 2016 - after 2 rounds of advertising a Design Team was appointed
    · Camerons, architects based in Galashiels, who come highly recommended and have experience in working with communities on BIG Lottery projects. Their team, headed by Gavin Yuill and Sam Coe, have already been down to carry out a variety of surveys on the Town Hall, the old Burgh Chambers and the property above, currently in private ownership.  
  • Community Enterprise Limited, led by Douglas Westwater and Heather Gordon Consultancy will be looking to provide a sustainable business plan, a marketing strategy, funding strategy and carry out community consultation. Douglas has vast experience of working on community projects with BIG Lottery and Heather will be known to some of you, as she carried out the initial feasibility study,
  •  Melrose and Porteous will be carrying out the legal work, led by Janette Minter
    August 2016 – as this round of funding is closing down, the timescale for the final Stage 2 application must be submitted by the end of August. All the work that is being carried out by the Design Team will support the application. This part of the process would normally take 1 year but has been reduced to 6 months due to the closure of the funding round.

 

  • 18th April Community Consultation - Come along to find out more information and have your say
    at the Hippodrome, starting at 10am for 2 hrs
    20th April Stakeholder/Business Consultation – Stakeholders and businesses invited to a meeting
    Online survey http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Eyemouth_Town_Hall

Social Eco Innovation Centre

  GREAT NEWS!

INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES 

· April 2014 - Following a successful grant from the Investing in Ideas, BIG Lottery - £9,000 - we have had a feasibility study done on the needs of Eyemouth. 

The outcome of the study shows that Eyemouth would benefit from a Social Innovation Centre which would help regenerate and boost the town.

· This has led to the development of the Town Hall project – a Social Eco-Innovation Centre

The Social Eco- Innovation Centre proposal is to increase skills, opportunities and training for people, increase tourism, encourage innovation, encourage social enterprise, offer serviced office accommodation for new and developing businesses and develop Eyemouth as an economically sustainable town.

Progress to date:
· December 2014 - The outcome of the Feasibility study shows that Eyemouth would benefit from a Social Eco-Innovation Centre which would help regenerate and boost the town.

· December 2014 - Town Hall identified as the potential new site. SBC will transfer the Town Hall and Burgh Chambers Office to EDCT for a nominal sum of £1 if we can produce a viable, sustainable business plan to support its use – Community Asset Transfer


· We have held a number of open days over the last two years and gathered community comments, ideas and responses

· June 2015 – Submitted a Stage 1, BIG LOTTERY, Investing in Communities: Growing Community Assets

· July 2015 – Successful with Stage 1 - we have now received an invitation to apply for Development Grant of £50,000

· October 2015 –-Formed a sub-team from local volunteers with professional knowledge in architecture, project management of large projects, budgeting, finance and accounting.

· November 2015 – We started the recruitment for the Design Team by advertising in local papers (Berwickshire News, Advertiser and Southern Reporter) and on professional websites. With support from Scottish Borders Council, we developed the Invitation to Tender documents and sent to interested parties.

· December 2015 - Next step is to evaluate the tenders and interview Design Teams.

  

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