Community-run shop/post office?

As you may know, the shop/post office (Teesdale Supplies Stores) is up for sale. There has been little interest in buying the business, and there is a risk that the premises could be converted to just accommodation, thus losing the one and only shop in the village.

Many local people value the shop as a meeting place, communication centre and an important lynchpin of village life. Much of the appeal of Cotherstone rests on its sense of community and this is the reason many people have moved here and remain here. The presence of a shop enhances that community spirit.

A suggestion has been made that the shop/post office could be operated by the community, for the community. This kind of venture has been successfully achieved in other villages. There are currently over 300 community owned shops in the UK. Will Cotherstone be the next one?

A questionnaire is one of the first steps. We need to know your views on what might be provided and what would receive your support. Please be as honest and realistic as possible in your answers! Your response will be treated anonymously unless you wish to add your name at the end. Click here to download the questionnaire.

A public meeting for the whole community will be held at 7pm on 16 September, at Cotherstone Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to gauge interest in exploring the idea of a community-run shop/post office and to find out what questions people would like answering. Please make every effort to attend if you have an opinion or an offer of help to contribute.