Business takes reins in stable block conversion

From left: Coun Ant Hill, chairman of Staveley Town Council, Toby Perkins MP, Coun Chris Ludlow, Staveley Town Council leader, Coun Kevin Ludlow, the Duke of Devonshire, Natascha Engel MP, Coun Jim McManus and acting clerk Paul Harris.
From left: Coun Ant Hill, chairman of Staveley Town Council, Toby Perkins MP, Coun Chris Ludlow, Staveley Town Council leader, Coun Kevin Ludlow, the Duke of Devonshire, Natascha Engel MP, Coun Jim McManus and acting clerk Paul Harris.

Two MPs, a mayor and a duke turned out to celebrate the official opening of a new business centre in Staveley.

The old stable block at Staveley Hall is now 11 managed units featuring superfast broadband. The complex is owned, developed and managed by Staveley Town Council with funding from ERDF.

It is the first phase of a £3.8m scheme which will see the hall converted into seven larger units and the restoration of a walled garden, creating up to 70 jobs. From left: Coun Ant Hill, chairman of Staveley Town Council, Toby Perkins MP, Coun Chris Ludlow, Staveley Town Council leader, Coun Kevin Ludlow, the Duke of Devonshire, Natascha Engel MP, Coun Jim McManus and clerk Paul Harris.