Itteringham’s 380-year-old-shop could be saved from closure by district council’s crucial bid

PUBLISHED: 09:50 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 04 September 2017

Itteringham Village Shop and Post Office.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Itteringham Village Shop and Post Office. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A 380-year-old shop that become one of the first in the UK to be run by the local community will tomorrow find out if it will be saved.

Brian and Dorothy Fairhead inside the Itteringham village shop.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherBrian and Dorothy Fairhead inside the Itteringham village shop. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

And campaigners trying to save the Itteringham village shop are calling on supporters to attend the meeting at North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) offices in Cromer at 10am.

They posted on Twitter: “Determined not to sound the last post on our 380 year old Village Shop. Awaiting the stamp of approval from NNDC.”

Earlier they posted: “Light at the end of the tunnel. North Norfolk District Council Cabinet meet 10am Sept 5th. Open to public so if able, do go along & support.”

As reported, NNDC’s bid to buy the property, to then be leased back to the shop’s volunteers, has been accepted by the building’s owners.

Cabinet members at NNDC will meet tomorrow to discuss whether or not to proceed with the plan, though it is currently recommended to do so.

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “The shop is an important community asset and we see an opportunity to help secure its future hand in hand with the dedicated community group which runs it very successfully.

“There is a huge desire both locally and by visitors to Itteringham to see this shop saved and we appreciate how deeply concerned people are for its future.”

The Itteringham Village shop has been run by volunteer group, the Itteringham Community Association, for the last 23 years.

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The shop was previously due to close on October 8, 2017, after the landlords of the property served a legal notice, giving the shop organisers six months to vacate the premises.

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Judy Oliver, NNDC cabinet member for corporate assets and commercialisation, said: “We believe the purchase is a financially viable step which will generate income for the council above that achievable from a cash investment.

“This makes sense both from the point of view of supporting one of our communities and from a business perspective.”

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