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A not-for-profit company  (Charity No. No 5518679)

Objective The Beckery Island Regeneration Trust look forward to a vibrant, sustainable economy in Glastonbury based upon a wide range of jobs – skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled – offered by business of various types – traditional and innovatory; small and large; manufacturing and service-based – housed in historic buildings in communal ownership run for the benefit of the local community.

Track Record   BIRT was founded in 2005 with the guidance and support of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, specifically to acquire and manage the heritage buildings on the Morland site. The membership is drawn from participants in a series of public and private meetings held since 2000.

Funding and support   Glastonbury Town Council supports BIRT through the provision of meeting space, hospitality for guests and office and secretarial facilities. BIRT has enjoyed participation and support from a wide variety of local societies and individuals too numerous to list.  Somerset County Council provided a grant of £10,000 towards re-roofing Northover Mill. The county council also supports our heritage and learning objectives through guidance and direction in applications for grants. The Architectural Heritage Fund has provided support for the creation of the business plan for Northover Mill and the Heritage Lottery Fund supported the drawing up of feasibility studies by Architecton.  EU Heritage Aid funding has been allocated to the Baily’s factories to the sum of £2,750,000.– this constitutes non-state aid for the extra cost of traditional repairs over modern new build equivalents.  However, although approaches have been made to the MP and MEP, this funding source is not guaranteed or fully explored at present.

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