There has been a development in the campaign to save the historic Wetheriggs Pottery site. (We first covered this story back in April). The developer who bought the site has offered to sell the plot containing the historic listed Wetheriggs Pottery buildings, including the unique Beehive kiln for £250,000. Naturally, obtaining an offer to sell is a big step forward, and the campaigners want to get your input at this stage.
The offer to sell presents two options; would you like to see Wetheriggs Pottery reopened to the public as a working pottery again, which teaches people about the history of English Country Pottery, offers pottery classes, art classes and has studio space and a museum containing important pottery artefacts and historical information related to Wetheriggs? Or to now see the historic part of Wetheriggs possibly resold to yet another developer?
“From the outset, we have always felt that to ensure the future of Wetheriggs Pottery for the community and future generations, ideally a charitable trust should be formed, not only to preserve the site but to make sure that the public has unfettered access,” said the campaigners.
“That being said, if a private buyer did come forward and was willing to develop the site along the lines suggested above, it would remove the imminent threat of the historical buildings at Wetheriggs from becoming a private luxury residential property.
“Given the huge public interest in saving Wetheriggs Pottery over the past few months, we feel that if a fundraising/crowdfunding effort was promptly undertaken, along with applying for a Lottery Heritage Grant, that funds could be secured not only to purchase the site but also to develop and run it as well.”
Sadly, the modern buildings that were built especially for the pottery would still be demolished, and the large public car park will be built on. The Great Crested Newts are to be evicted from their pond, and the nature reserve also lost to luxury housing, but this offer would at least ensure that the heart of Wetheriggs lives on.
To register your support, offer advice and lean more, visit the campaign’s Facebook page: facebook.com/savewetheriggs
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