The 'factory' is a large imposing landmark on Prestleigh Road in Evercreech Village.
It contains some of the oldest buildings in the village including Batts Farm, various historic outbuildings, and walls as well as Kemps Silk Mill.
The site had a varied use, making silk, making ginger beer & even making award winning, delicious deserts for M&S!
It was important to the economic and social fabric of our village, we believe it has more to give.
Last year the site was sold off to a private firm who have made not just one but two applications to demolish the buildings, to leave a 'clear site'. This is an important part of Evercreech's social industrial history, what makes our community - we have already lost much of Evercreech Junction.
Demolition threat: a specific application to demolish the oldest buildings on site that will demolish totally ANY building on site regardless of its history and regardless of the adjacent conservation area.
The applications can be viewed on Mendip Planning Portal as ref 2019/1681/DEM and more specifically ref 2019/1916/DUB, the purpose of the second application is to enable this work in or near to a conservation area.
Click here for a history of Silk in Somerset, Somerset Slik
This petition will be collated to submit as evidence to support the community case that many of these older buildings should be preserved for uses in the future and as part of our living local heritage.
The developer claims to have consulted expensively with this community and with our public reps, this has not happened to date .
by signing this petition I agree to;
<< A demand that Mendip Council & O'Brien Demolition to note that I do not agree with the proposed complete demolition of the site to include all the older buildings as they form an important part of Evercreech’s heritage.
In addition, I ask that this application must be withdrawn and a new plan published to show what will be kept on site.
I also demand the site owner hold a local public meeting about their plans, how they view this site and how they will accurately reflect local opinions about this asset.
This would create a better plan that allow's for a development and a safeguard to our communities history from being erased, lost forever.>>