Lynton Market Hall
After a settled period with the artist studio and Bowden Fitness inhabiting one end of the Market Hall, the artist Dale Bowen has given notice and it is expected that Jonny Bowden will add this area to his successful fitness studio. The Library is now being run by Libraries Unlimited and a new lease is under negotiation. The friends of Lynton Library are working to make sure the library space is fully utilised. Due to the change in the management of libraries by Libraries Unlimited throughout Devon the Trust is now responsible for many issues previously dealt with by DCC. This, like the lease, is still under negotiation but will have cost implications for the Trust. The planned re-plastering of the outside wall is now complete and it will soon be time to address the loss of the Mick Cawston mural.
Woodside Bridge appeal
In late 2016, the iconic Woodside Bridge, situated at the Lynmouth end of the Watersmeet Valley, collapsed and had to be demolished. It was the longest single span bridge on Exmoor but for various reasons, no formal authority has responsibility for it. In response to local concerns, the Trust is leading the campaign to reinstate the bridge, alongside supporters such as the Exmoor National Park Authority and the National Trust. We are seeking to raise £65,000 from a variety of sources both locally and across the wider area, to enable visitors and residents alike to once again be able to cross the East Lyn river near Middleham Gardens as people have done for generations. Donate via https://wonderful.org/appeal/woodsidebridgereplacementappeal-1f70a510
Affordable Housing Project
The Trust has agreed to be the lead organisation in seeking provision of affordable housing in the locality. The key point is that this housing will be specifically available for local residents. This project was instigated through North Devon Council due to a central government funding scheme, in partnership with Wessex Community Land Trust. They work in partnership with local land trusts, in this case LCDT, to facilitate the building of affordable housing. A steering group consisting of representatives from the community, the town council, Wessex CLT, NDC, ENPA and LCDT directors are actively looking for sites to build these houses. If a site is acquired the Trust will go into partnership with a housing association to further the project.The public will be updated regularly on progress via local newsletters such as the Lyn Valley News.