There are a couple, at least, derelict buildings along Chilkwell Street. They look ugly and take away from the atmosphere of an interesting road leading to two of the town’s greatest assets – the Tor and Chalice Well. Hundreds of people walk along that route every day during peak tourist season.
I volunteer in the Chalice Well. People are always asking where our cafe is or if there is a cafe somewhere nearby. There is a great one in the Rural Life Museum but people feel shy going in, even though its free to go in, because you have to go passed the museum entry desk to get to it.
The National Trust own the Tor and must have significant expenses maintaining it. If they opened a cafe/gift shop along Chilkwell I think they would make good money, create jobs, restore a derelict building and make a lot of tourists very happy! Funding could come partly from this new fund and partly from the National Trust.
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