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We have been consulting with our community to find out what people would like to see as part of the Fellowship Inn restoration project, and our initial findings are in.
In 2014 we were awarded a potential £3.8million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore the Fellowship Inn - a 1920’s grade II listed property. Much of the site is in disrepair and out of use although the public house remains open.
Between May and October 2015 we undertook an extensive public consultation to find out what people would like, and we received 1436 responses. The consultation was designed to ensure that the wider public had a say in how the building should be used.
Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix said: “As a resident led housing association we believe that the key to building a stronger community is to include residents as much as possible in the decision making process.
“The Fellowship Inn will be a big part of this community, and we have been working hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say about how they would like to see the building used.”
The numbers have been crunched, the comments reviewed and the findings are now helping us shape the future of this innovative project.
There are lots of ideas for how best to use the Fellowship Inn. The cinema was hugely popular as there is currently no purpose built cinema in Lewisham. Other ideas for developing the building include:
The consultation included establishing a pop-up shop, consultation at community events, online questionnaires, community outreach, and leaflet distribution.
1 in 3 people also signed up to volunteer which means this project will continue to be shaped by the local community.
The next stage of our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund is due in early 2016. To be kept up to date with the project sign up here or follow us on twitter @phoenixtogether #FellowshipInn
For more information about the public consultation results please see the report here.