Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Future of Maritime Museum in Appledore secured

20:31 23 June 2013

Torridge agrees to a community transfer to hand museum building and car park over to museum trust.

TORRIDGE District Councillors has given the go-ahead to secure the future of the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore by transferring it to the trust that runs it.

It is the largest community asset transfer the council has carried out to date and follows a period of uncertainty for the museum as it was feared TDC would sell the building when the museum’s lease expired.

The North Devon Maritime Museum Trust submitted a community transfer application more than two years ago and this has been under review by the council’s member asset management working group.

“The aim of any community transfer is to make sure the community benefits in the long term and that the asset transferred is not a liability to them or the council,” said group chairman Councillor Gaye Tabor.

“The robust business plan submitted to us has been subject to a rigorous process of interrogation to ensure this will not be the case. We feel that we are happy to progress the transfer application and my very best wishes to the trust.”

Museum committee member Barry Hughes said the trust had been successfully running the North Devon Maritime Museum now for more than 35 years.

“We have great plans for the future which we could only fulfil if we owned the property and the car park, both of which are an important part of the Appledore Conservation Area and overlook the River Torridge and the historic Grade II listed Richmond Dry Dock, which has been such an important site in the maritime history of North Devon,” he said.

“For those people who have not yet visited the Museum, perhaps it’s time to now and find out more about your maritime heritage.”

Mark Horton, presenter of the TV programme Coast and Professor of Archaeology at Bristol University, visited the museum last week and said: “Appledore represents one of the most important bits of maritime heritage along the English coast line.

“The museum is a key part of all this because it tells that story and it’s in a very fine early 19th century building. It seems to me that there is such an opportunity here to help tell that story of Appledore and help regenerate this bit of North Devon.”

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 5pm and from 1.30-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit www.northdevonmaritimemuseum.co.uk/

0 comments

Other News Stories

Scott receiving his award from former mayor Phil Pester. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scott Craner was nominated for the award by former mayor Councillor Phil Pester.

Read more
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Torrington man pleaded guilty to drink driving as well as failing to provide a specimin in two separate incidents, court hears.

Read more
Fri, 16:47
The North Devon Link Road.

Expect disruption from Monday to Wednesday as surfacing work is carried out

Read more
Fri, 15:01
Will the green bin collection remain a free service?

And black wheelie bin could be collected every three weeks instead of two

Read more
Fri, 13:38
Year 8 pupils at Pilton held a mock referendum on polling day

Pupils at Pilton Community College staged their own referendum yesterday.

Read more
Fri, 10:31
UKIP chairman Steve Crowther. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon’s Steve Crowther says the party has won its biggest battle, but there is more work to come

Read more
Fri, 10:20
The UK has voted to leave the European Union

We need stability and reassurance without arguments, says chief executive

Read more
Fri, 08:56
MEP Julie Girling.

Julie Girling and Molly Scott-Cato both released statements following the EU referendum result.

Read more
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum which has thrown Westminster politics into disarray and sent the pound tumbling on the world markets. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

David Cameron has announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October after a humiliating defeat in the referendum which ended with a vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

Read more
Fri, 06:50
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter Heaton-Jones ‘disappointed’ by result but ‘glad’ people had their say

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications