We had a couple of interesting presentations at the town council; one on cooperatives and the second by prof Gordon McDougall of the Musical Theatre School at the Academy.
There has to be a golden opportunity for communities such as ours to use our money to invest in our own communities, with financial institutions giving low returns, if people invested in community shares using the industrial provident model, we could allow much greater local control over our communities. Owning the local shops, giving flexibility that private landlords cannot give.
Prof Gordon McDougall gave a very full account of where the Musical Theatre School is at the present time, the school needs £20,000 to advertise for new students. The school now has validation for it's courses, it needs between 70 - 90 students to be viable, I get the feeling this school is at a crossroads, if it can raise the capital to invest, the future for this school looks bright, this could offer a new opportunity for the Town Centre. The Town Council would not support financially, but was happy to give warm words.
I tried to get the council to raise funding to the TIC to £5000, but alas i failed, again.