hAPPY ENDING TO SHALDON'S FERRY WORKSHOP SAGA
It all began when Shaldon Regatta’s bid to buy the village’s redundant ferry workshop foundered on the rocks of what, at that time in the winter of 2014, Teignbridge believed to be ‘a better offer’.
There was huge disappointment when the village campaign to secure the old workshop as a community asset came to nothing. But the momentum and determination of the campaign has now resulted in the building of a dedicated Regatta boat store on Shaldon’s upper Ness car park.
Substantial funding towards the building of the store was provided by Viridor, with generous additional donations from charitable trusts and private individuals.
Regatta chairman Mark Pile commended the great effort made by committee members in pursuing a promise made by Teignbridge to help the regatta find a suitable store elsewhere in the village.
‘The hours put in were many and, at times, very trying,’ he said. ‘Eventually planning permission was obtained and grants were forthcoming. It gives Shaldon Regatta a home for the first time in its nearly-200-year history and I trust will achieve the ambition of giving a valuable legacy for future generations for at least the next 200 years.
‘What we have today warrants a very big thank-you to all who made it happen.’