In the town centre, the St Ives Church Parish Rooms has been identified as a community resource through the Neighbourhood Plan process and is listed as a valued asset in the area. The building was occupied by St Ives Archive Centre on the upper floor and a craft market on the ground floor until the St Ia Parochial Church Council put the building up for sale in Summer 2014.
The craft market on the ground floor was home to 11 small scale artisans who worked on-site while the public was browsing and shopping. It was becoming firmly established in that location and the stallholders would have liked to continue producing and trading in the Parish Rooms. The Craft Market is now using the Island Centre.
The St Ives Archive Centre is now in premises in Carbis Bay.
Upon hearing of the proposed sale St Ives CLT identified the Parish Rooms as a priority and one of its first potential projects as we felt the community asset could be lost if sold to a private buyer who would view the building as a development project, possibly for housing which may have involved the demolition of the existing structure. The building was sold to another party despite efforts by the CLT to negotiate worth the PCC.
The CLT took the matter to the Bishop of Truro and at that meeting, it was agreed that should the current sale fall through, consideration of the CLT buying the building would be possible.