Save Oldway Mansion! RESTORE, RELOVE, REOPEN!

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SAVE OLDWAY - RESTORE, RELOVE, REOPEN!
PLEASE speak to your local councillor and there’s a meeting for ALL to attend and express their views on Thursday 21st June 5.30pm at the Riveria International Conference Centre (RICC). It's now or never for Oldway!

Please share your support for Oldway by SIGNING this petition also. I shall be attending the meeting on the 21st and will be showing this petition to the council.

Save Oldway, don't let them sell it off!

With less than a month until a decision is thought to be made, these are the proposed options for Oldway:
Mansion:

1. Be kept, RESTORED, RELOVED AND REOPENED. (Supported and put forward by the Working Party of Councillors and Friends Of Oldway) with a 10 year plan in place for its full reopening.

(Oldway was originally 'gifted to the people of Paignton' after it ceased to be a place of residence for the Singer family and later bought by the council in 1946.)

 OR

2. The bare minimum of repairs be carried out (est. £2 million) to sort issues such as roof tiles and dry rot - meanwhile whilst trying to sell it off to third party (as supported by Torbay Council’s Mayor Gordon Oliver).

See the full report and plans for Oldway here (supported by the Oldway Mansion Estate Working Party): http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/documents/s53008/Future%20of%20Oldway%20Mansion%20Appendix%202.pdf

Find your local councillor: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/mgFindMember.aspx
Email the Mayor of Torbay council: mayor@torbay.gov.uk
Email Torbay Council's Planning and Development: planning@​torbay.gov.uk
Oldway Mansion Working Party: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=669

History of Oldway Mansion Estate: 
Oldway Mansion is a beautiful historic large mansion and gardens, with 11 listed buildings and on the 'At Risk' list for English Heritage. It is a Grade 2 Listed Building. But, as of 2012/2013, it has been left by Torbay Council to rot and ruin...

It was built as a private residence for Isaac Merritt Singer (creator of the sewing machine “Singer” sewing machines), sadly he died 1 year after the house was built in 1873. It was later rebuilt by his son Paris Singer and modelled on the style of the palace of Versailles.

More information on the history is available online on other pages :)

Recently:
Paignton Urban District Council purchased Oldway Mansion from the Singer family in 1946 for £46,000. During this time, it was used by the council as their offices and for civil marriage ceremonies. Many weddings took place at Oldway Mansion. Oldway Mansion has been a Grade II listed building since 1993 (Wikipedia).


Since 2012 there hasn’t been much done with the building, it has been neglected since and therefore suffered a lot of detriment, mostly dry rot, with estimated pressing repairs for the most serious issues costing £2m. There are photos on Facebook of some of the damage currently suffered by the building.

The pressing issue:
I have lived in Devon since 2007, but only discovered this beautiful place in 2013. I am an avid fashion photographer and have loved this place and loved using it for my own photo shoots ever since I discovered it! I owe to the grandeur of the mansion and gardens for some of the most beautiful photos I’ve taken. I think the Rotunda would make an excellent photo and music studio, using the income from this being hired out could be a potential help to keep Oldway going...

I would love to be able to go inside and see lots of things going on with Oldway (long long overdue in my opinion). Just not into a hotel or flats! I am glad to see that it is now NOT being turned into a hotel as previous plans in place in 2013 were planning... however it is now in a serious situation where a decision is being made within the month.

The options for Oldway:
1. Be kept, RESTORED, RELOVED AND REOPENED. (Supported and put forward by the Working Party of Councillors and Friends Of Oldway) with a 10 year plan in place for its full reopening.

(Oldway was originally 'gifted to the people of Paignton' after it ceased to be a place of residence for the Singer family and later bought by the council in 1946.)

 OR

2. The bare minimum of repairs be carried out (est. £2 million) to sort issues such as roof tiles and dry rot - meanwhile whilst trying to sell it off to third party (as supported by Torbay Council’s Mayor Gordon Oliver).

 
See the Full Report and Plans for Oldway here: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/documents/s53008/Future%20of%20Oldway%20Mansion%20Appendix%202.pdf

 
PLEASE speak to your local councillor and there’s a meeting for ALL to attend and express their views on Thursday 21st June 5.30pm at the Riveria International Conference Centre (RICC).

PLEASE sign this petition to show how many people care for Oldway and want to keep it going. I will bring it to the meeting when I attend.

Information gathered from my own knowledge, Wikipedia and Facebook pages ‘Friends of Oldway’ and Torbay Undiscovered Lost Forgotten Unloved.

All views expressed are solely my own. If you believe any information to be incorrect please email: aimeeisobelphoto@gmail.com

Thank you for reading and for your support!
 
Useful links:

Full Report: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/documents/s53008/Future%20of%20Oldway%20Mansion%20Appendix%202.pdf

Recent news article from Devon Live: https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/mayors-plan-sell-oldway-mansion-1632622

Oldway Mansion and Estate Working Party: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=669

Find Your Local Councillor: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/mgFindMember.aspx

Friends of Oldway Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofoldway/

Torbay Undiscovered, Lost, Forgotten, Unloved Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/696163483853621/ 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldway_Mansion

Sources of photos used:
1. Aimée Isobel Photo (www.facebook.com/aimeeisobelphoto / instagram.com/aimeeisobelphoto)
2. Axworthy Stationers (http://www.axworthysdirect.co.uk/save-oldway-mansion.html
3. From a Devon Live article (https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/mayors-plan-sell-oldway-mansion-1632622
4. Torquay.com (http://www.torquay.com/listings/oldway-mansion/
5. Red Chilli Photography (http://www.redchilliphotography.com/devon-wedding-venues/oldway-mansion.html



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