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Craven Crusts takes the Pails!

Okay the headline might be half baked, but CovSoc would like to send our best wishes to Craven Crusts who are moving ahead with a project to set up a community bakery, cafe and arts space at the former Pails Bakery on Craven Street. 

Pails was the last remaining independent Coventry bakery and closed in 2008. Since then it has been lying vacant and unused. However when the owners put forward a plan to demolish the bakery and replace it with an out of scale development of student flats, local people were outraged. The Coventry Society, alongside many local residents and councillors, objected to the development which we all felt was disrespectful to the conservation area around it.

But a group of five young entrepreneurs went one stage further and put forward visionary plans for the regeneration of the building and bringing it back to its former use. Dave Condron, Ellie McCann, Carole Donnelly, Adam Hussain and Simon Mullholland are the leading lights in a Community Interest Company which is to be set up to run the project. 

The name Craven Crusts came after a local competition to name the new business. Two of our members attended the consultation event on 2nd April at the Blue Bistro and were very impressed at the commitment and ideas for the project. 

You can follow the progress of Craven Crusts on Twitter or facebook

Consultation event about Craven Crusts

Reader Comments (1)

Baking is all the rage at the moment, every time you turn on the TV. I think it's a great idea, mixing good quality food with Teashop and art space. This is just right for a conservation area, bringing the community together, regenerating a historic building and the area.

By Paul Maddocks on Friday, April 5, 2013

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