Thrift Farm plan gets cash boost

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Plans to develop Thrift Farm near Mursley are to receive an investment of almost £400,000 from Bucks County Council – although part of the site could be sold.

Thrift Farm is a training centre for adults with learning difficulties, which is co-run by trainees. The centre has a gift shop, cafe and nursery.

During a meeting last week, councillors agreed to provide a one-off capital investment of £394,000 to be spent on a new shop and cafe, improved toilets and baby changing facilities, commercial kitchens, better picnic facilities and improved disabled access.

It was also recommended the farmhouse and adjacent land was sold to support the site’s redevelopment.

The decision comes following a presentation to the Business Investment Group in August, which said the development was needed to allow Thrift Farm to increase its income.

Patricia Birchley, Bucks County councillor for health and wellbeing, said: “This is an opportunity that benefits the council in generating much needed revenue, service users in developing skills and valuable life experience and ultimately the public in providing high quality facilities that makes people want to come again.

“New commercial kitchens will not only provide the means to prepare excellent food, but will also offer enhanced teaching and instruction facilities for service users with learning disabilities who work there and those supporting them.”