Work to start on Fremington Quay heritage centre

Rodney Cann with the project plans for the expansion of the heritage centre at Fremington Quay.

Rodney Cann with the project plans for the expansion of the heritage centre at Fremington Quay. - Credit: Archant

Grant money to be used to double the size of the centre for education and community use.

WORK is set to start early next month to extend the heritage centre at Fremington Quay.

The £100,000-plus project will see the centre next to the quay café double in size to allow more displays, exhibitions, education and community use.

The contract for the work has been awarded to Contratect Developments Limited, based in Fremington work is expected to start no later than April 8.

Parish council chairman Rodney Cann said the work would also include creation of a more direct access to the ‘look out tower’ on the building.

The bulk of funding for the project has come from Devon Waste Management via a ‘landfill tax’ scheme operated by regulatory body ENTRUST. Contributions of £5,000 and £13,000 have come from the parish and district councils.

The project is being overseen by the Fremington Environment Group, the trust which runs the heritage centre.

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Mr Cann said the foundations for extending the centre had been put in place 11 years ago during the original quay restoration: “This will enable us to offer a great deal more in terms of interactive displays of local heritage and wildlife.

“We will be looking to engage with the community and hope to encourage more groups such as schools to use the facilities.

“We took the quay on when it was derelict and falling into the river - we planned for 20-30 people a day to visit, but now we have up to 100,000 on the quay each year.”

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