The Bridport Area Development Trust has received a further boost for its plans to restore the Literary and Scientific Institute, with confirmation of the offer from West Dorset District Council, reported in the local press some weeks ago, of £100,000 match funding towards the Trust’s application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Institute has been on the national At Risk register since 2003. As the Local Planning Authority, WDDC is keen to see the building restored and brought back into use so that its future is safeguarded.
Reporting the decision of the district council’s Executive Committee on 19 June 2012 in a letter to BADT Chair Charles Wild, WDDC Director of Environment David Evans said, “Members were most impressed with the progress that the Trust has made in developing a imaginative scheme for this important Grade II* Listed Building which is on the National At Risk list of English Heritage. The proposals to restore this Listed building and convert it into a community asset were warmly welcomed and they were particularly pleased to see the level of community support for the project. They wish you every success with your bid to the Heritage Lottery.”
The BADT’s application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted on 30 August 2012, and the Trust will learn the outcome of its bid by the end of November.