Trust expresses interest in West Bay Chapel (February 2011)

The Chapel on the Beach, West Bay

Following an invitation from West Dorset District Council, the BADT has expressed an interest in taking on the freehold of the former Methodist Church in West Bay (“the Chapel on the Beach”), for a nominal price of £1, to be accompanied by a £30,000 grant towards renovation costs.  In the absence of any expressions of interest, the distrct council would place the building on the open market – the Chapel has been empty and unused since it ceased operation as a place of worship in 2006.  The Trust is interested in converting the building to an exhibition space or visitor centre.  Following further discussions with West Dorset District Council and receipt of a condition survey of the building, the Trust agreed to take on the freehold of the Chapel.

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