Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe

by Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe
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On 12th April 2017 we successfully raised £1,554 with 73 supporters in 56 days

We're looking to build community cafe in Bramcote Park near Nottingham.

by Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

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Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe 18th February 2017

Hi Anthony, thanks for the comments. Don't worry, the toilets will be free of charge for all park users, not just cafe customers. It was my experience as a father of young children that led me to start this project. We often had to leave the park before we were ready because one or other needed the toilet. We have approached the university on a couple of occasions but they have never responded to our overtures. This is a shame as we want everything done using local people as much as possible.

Anthony west 18th February 2017

I think this is a great project as a local resident with a young son we use the park very often as a family and think a café would enhance the facilities especially having toilets - although please make them free to use. In terms of architects have you considered contacting Nottingham university to see if it would be possible to work with them on this project to access their expertise in design especially as they have experience in eco friendly design. I have no idea whether they would welcome such an approach but just thought it would be worth a discussion to see if this could be a cheaper alternative.

Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe 18th February 2017

Judith Anne: Great idea. Have you also investigated grants that you could apply for? Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe: Hi Judith, we are applying for every grant possible but many require us to have raised a certain level of funding first, or alternatively to have already obtained planning permission, so we need to take these first steps before we can submit our applications. In total we are expecting construction costs of around £500,000 so we will need a number of grants to hit that target.

Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe 18th February 2017

Nicki: Some years ago a huge burger van appeared. (Not really in keeping with the 'eat less, move more' healthy vibe) - it was an eyesore and the resulting rubbish spilled out from the bins all over the pavements. I trust a new cafe would be considerately placed and the council would be doing extra waste disposal? (I cant see plans or a location specified so it surprises me people are donating without this info - apologies if I've missed it) Bramcote Hills Park Community Cafe: Hi Nicki, the plan is to have the cafe located behind the children's play area (the council have suggested maybe extending the play area to join up to the cafe). We want parents to be able to sit having a coffee whilst their children enjoy the play area. Part of our business plan is to include extra bins and rubbish collections on the park. We ran a survey at last years Hemlock Happening about what people want to see on the menu and snacks and light food were very popular. We do want to make sure though that we offer a varied menu including plenty of healthy options. We also surveyed peoples opinions on various designs and had a universally positive response from people about the concept. (Even the lady who came in to the marquee saying what a bad idea it was ended up writing really positive comments when she saw the drawings). I agree with your comments about the burger van and we wouldn't want to replicate that. All of our team are local residents and park users and we wouldn't want to do anything which spoils it in any way. Once we have permission from the architects we will publish the drawings that they have done so far and we really do welcome any comments. The idea is for this to be a real benefit to the community so we want the community to be involved at every stage of the process. Feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions. Best wishes David Watts Chair of the cafe project


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