Let Salcombe Keep The Berry- It was Gifted to us not SHDC.
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Your Berry is under threat from SHDC. If we want it to remain as a valuable community space we need to act now.
The Berry was originally gifted to Salcombe but overs the years it has ended up under the auspices of SHDC who then leased it back to Salcombe Town Council. You can see the land in question outlined on the map.
This lease runs out on August 22nd this year.
The Berry currently has charitable status. When the lease runs out SHDC want to create a Charitable Trust made up of solely SHDC members to manage the land.
As it stands SHDC see development potential for plots marked as B1 and A on the map. Development of Plot B1 seems to be inevitable and probably sensible given the monies it will generate. Plot A is also seen as a potential development opportunity; however, there is a risk that all the land could be developed at some point as after August the land will be under the control of SHDC and its continued charitable status will inevitably come under threat. With no charitable status it’s prime land for development; if not now then in the future as pressure on SHDC budgets grow.
We want The Berry to be given back to Salcombe and owned by the Town.
If we sit back and do nothing we will get what we deserve. We can’t expect Salcombe Town Council to do everything, as a community we need to get involved and protect our town.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW.
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