We have now sold “brick” number 500 of our “Buy-a-Brick” scheme by which members of the public donate to the Community Interest Company established last year to replace
Belper’s derelict riverside tearooms. Each brick costs £25, so that is £12,500 raised by this means alone, showing how much the people of Belper and surroundings want to see the
return of these much needed facilities. However the 500th brick was purchased by a supporter in Upper Hutt, New Zealand!
In addition the company has raised a further £2,000 from fund raising events, sales and donations, including a very generous one of £500 from the Belper branch of Specsavers.
£200,000 of the £450,000 or so required to build the new Tearooms has been promised by Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council. Negotiations continue
with the Borough Council, who own the Gardens and the site, and a local solicitor has just been instructed to help us complete the lease. The cost of this and other preliminary work is being met from the “Buy-a-Brick” money raised. The company is applying for grants to cover the outstanding capital costs.
The design that we have proposed for the new Tearooms is a modern building that reflects the scale and character of the original, providing additional facilities that will enhance
the existing Gardens. They will add value to the promenade, play area, boats and other relaxation amenities and provide out-of-hours community facilities and make a popular event